*Content Warning: suicide
Recently, I posted a link to an episode of the Adopted Feels podcast where I talked about my research, my background, and my current projects. Thanks again Ryan and Hana for the conversation. I also want to encourage you to listen to their most recent episode, where Ryan and Hana talk about Ryan’s reunion with their Korean birth mom and the complexities of reunion when one is trans or gender non-binary. It is a heartfelt episode and I really want to encourage others to listen.
I now want to spread the news that Hana and Ryan are looking for adoptee perspectives on the topic of suicide.
Below is the text from their call for perspectives:
While Hana was previously in Seoul from 2017-18, there were three suicides in the adoptee community living in Korea, within the space of one year. Earlier this year, we lost another member of our community in the same way. Suicide and suicidality continues to be an issue amongst transracial, transnational adoptees. When we lose someone, feelings of guilt, grief, and hopelessness ripple throughout the whole community. And yet we don’t really talk about it.
We want to talk about it.
We want to talk to professionals and we want to hear from YOU: Has adoptee suicide impacted your life? What would you most want to know from a specialist on adoptee suicidality or adoptee mental health? And what do you think the adult adoptee community needs in terms of mental health support?
Please email your thoughts/responses to firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a private message via Instagram or Facebook. We want to make a special episode on this important topic, guided by our listeners. You can also email us voice recordings (you can just use your phone to record it!), and then we can incorporate some of these recordings into the episode. And if you’d like us to anonymize your submission, please let us know.
We welcome submissions from all of our listeners, but please note that we will prioritise the perspectives of adult transracial, transnational adoptees. This is a really important conversation and we want to conduct it delicately, thoughtfully, and respectfully. We thank you in advance for being part of it.