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How Mark Turnipseed Beat Suicide and Addiction

  August 31, 2021  |    #Live Fabulously

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Mark Turnipseed and his struggles with suicide and addiction

For Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, addiction, suicide survivor, model and happy gay man Mark Turnipseed shares how he’s managed these challenges. For more inspiration, download the 5 Building Blocks of a Happy Gay Life here

Our deep discussion with Mark Turnipseed

Mark Turnipseed’s insight on suicide ideation 

Mark Turnipseed is an LGBTQ activist, addiction recovery advocate, and model. He is also the author of the Amazon bestseller My Suicide Race: Winning Over the Trauma of Addiction, Recovery and Coming Out, a memoir that explores the relationships among addiction, suicidal ideation, and the trauma of coming out. In sharing his story, Mark is on a mission to help those of us with similar struggles.

On this episode of Queer Money®, Mark joins us to share his life-long fight with suicidal ideation, explaining when he realized he was gay and why he believed that wasn’t okay. He opens up about the factors that contributed to his struggle with addictive behaviors, describing how triathlon training helped him experience self-acceptance and as a result helped him realize that he has power over his thoughts. Listen in for insight on how Mark’s finances exacerbated his depression and in addition get insight around what to do if you or someone you love is living with suicidal thoughts.


Topics covered on suicide in the LGTBQ community

  • When Mark started to realize he was gay and why he believed that wasn’t okay
  • How lying about who we really are isn’t exclusive to the LGBTQ community
  • The factors that contributed to Mark’s struggle with addictive behaviors
  • Why Mark has struggled with thoughts of suicide his entire life
  • How Mark’s substance abuse began as an identity and evolved into a physical and emotional need
  • How training for triathlons helped Mark experience self-acceptance on a new level
  • What Mark does now to navigate suicidal thoughts
  • How Mark’s finances exacerbated his depression and suicidal ideation
  • Mark’s advice on purposeful spending to break the debt depression cycle
  • How realizing that he was not alone helped Mark see his way out of depression
  • How being approachable and sharing your story can save someone’s life
“We are all faced with little, itty-bitty lies about who we are. We think that they’re helping us. We think that they’re aiding us in our position in social structure. But they’re actually holding us back.” - Mark TurnipseedClick To Tweet

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