Best Day Project is a Suicide Prevention Project That Will Help You Keep Your Head Up

Grace Kim grew up in a community where being gay was unacceptable. At age 4 they already knew they didn't fit within the gender binary (Kim uses gender-neutral pronouns), and the trauma led them to become selectively mute for almost 20 years. They were severely depressed and suicidal. They decided that before they committed suicide they would have one amazing day. They spent that day in their hometown, San Francisco, riding the trolley cars and stopping in bookstores. By just being present and free to feel joy, something changed. It turned out that one good day in SF gave Grace a reason…

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