Why We Need Inclusive, Comprehensive Antibullying Legislation

April 1, 2015 in General

Poignantly, and given that the British Conservative and Labour Parties both support inclusive antibullying initiatives, one parliamentary  candidate standing in the British election has testified to the destructive effects of such prolonged torment and social exclusion. Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, the Liberal Democrat candidate for South London’s Vauxhall told how he purposely contracted HIV after developing low self-esteem and suicidal feelings after years of homophobic bullying. Mr Hyyrylainen-Trett (36)  said he decided to speak out about his experience of bullying, mental ill health and low self-esteem in the hope of helping others. He experienced bullying at school for being gay, he told BuzzFeed. He spiralled into a cycle of drugs, depression and suicide attempts, before deciding that being infected with HIV might be “one way” to die. Hyyrylainen-Trett is thought to be the first parliamentary candidate to openly speak about being HIV+.  Despite his tragic start in life, Hyyrylainen-Trett has moved forward with his life and in 2014 he married his partner on the first anniversary of same-sex marriage in England.

How sad and how avoidable. If you are experiencing depression as a result of such abuse, contact your general practitioner and see if she or he can provide you with appropriate antidepressants and access to cognitive-behavioural therapy. While current therapeutic developments have prolonged the lives of HIV+ people considerably, suicide is a profound human tragedy.  It removes a unique, irreplacable individual from the world and tears a gaping wound in the families, whanau, friendship circles and other social networks of people that loved the individual in question.  Don’t do it. Contact an LGBT hotline or suicide prevention service if you are reading this and feel this way.

Source: “UK Candidate “Caught HIV on Purpose” Stuff: 31.03.2015: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/67567320/uk-candidate-caught-hiv-on-purpose

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