On September 22, 2010, 22-year-old Rutgers student Tyler Clementi committed suicide. Two other students had taped Clementi having sex with another man, and posted that video on the Internet. In the wake of that tragedy, youtube was flooded with "It Gets Better" videos. The movement was well-intentioned, if not entirely on target. In this guest dispatch to The Zero, Zak Mucha points out...
The Problem with "It Gets Better"
By Zak Mucha, LCSW
Things may get better, one way or another. There will be times when it feels like it will not get better. And nothing will ever get better. We end up thinking: "This is my life, this is how the world is. . . ." If you find yourself thinking that, then you can no longer wait for things to get better. You have to do something.
Zak Mucha, LCSW, is a therapist as well as the supervisor of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program, providing services to persons suffering severe psychiatric and substance abuse disorders in Chicago's Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods. He has presented workshops addressing clinical and social issues. He is an advisory board member of the National Association to Protect Children and a 2010 Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis fellow. Mucha is also the author of The Beggars' Shore (Red 71 Press, 2000), Heart Transplant (co-author) with Andrew Vachss and Frank Caruso (Dark Horse Books, 2010), and the forthcoming Heavyweight Champion of Nothing (Ten Angry Pitbulls, 2013). He maintains a private practive for indivdual therapy and counseling.
© Copyright 2010 Zak Mucha. All rights reserved.
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