Where we live, 15% of high school students admit to having seriously considered suicide. 7% have attempted suicide one or more times. The teen suicide rate is 3 times the national average and climbing. Suicide is the number one cause of teen death in the state of Utah.
Suicide is complex but it has one universal trait: rejection. Rejection by family and friends, due to identity and lifestyle, is pretty much Utah’s defining tradition.
Every hour of every day, teenagers here help their friends stay above water. Parents celebrate and embrace their children’s awesomely unique identities. Activists speak out against and organizations battle this rejection.
“I Am Up To Me” is a song for everyone who’s felt rejected. Rejection is just a sign that you live your life braver, brighter and fiercer than the rest. You are up to you.
All proceeds from the sale of the song and t-shirt will be donated to The Trevor Project.
“Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives.”