Advocate: Plant a seed for help instead of suicide
PALM BEACH COUNTY (CBS12) —
The death of a transgender teen is shedding light on a growing and disturbing trend.
Every year more young people come out as Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Questioning, or LGBTQ.
It can be extremely stressful and, too much, for some.
In extreme cases, people are turning to a seed found on the internet for a permanent escape.
It's called a pong pong seed, also known as a suicide seed.
It's the same seed a transgender teen from Illinois purchased off the Internet for a few bucks to end his life.
Patrice Schroeder, a spokeswoman for the 211 Helpline, says since these deadly seeds aren't regulated, parents need to keep a closer eye.
"We can't govern or secure everything in our community that can harm a child," said Schroeder. "But we can have parents be aware of the emotional cues so we have a better way of responding to our child should they be despondent or depressed or sad and lonely and not knowing where to go," said Schroeder.
At the time of his death, Anderson had been transitioning from male to female and dealt with constant bullying.
Daniel Brassloff, a local teen pushing for LGBTQ rights, says he isn't alone.
"It took me a while even with the support of family to understand and accept every part of me," said Brassloff. "I can't imagine for students who don't have an accepting and comforting environment to accept themselves."
Schroeder says if you know someone who is thinking about suicide, plant a seed that there is help.
"It breaks my heart when a young person thinks they are not wanted by society there is hope out there," said Schroeder.
In Palm Beach County, there is an organization called Compass which provides a safe place for LGBTQ youth to find help and support. Ruby's Gems also helps through a clothing drive to get underprivileged transgender teens presentable in a manner they would prefer.