Bullying touches us all at least once in our lives. A thoughtless comment from a parent, a petty remark from a classmate, a bad encounter with a co-worker – these are the mildest forms of bullying. For some people bullying is something they cannot escape. It is constant belittling from one or both parents. It is constant torment from peers. It is being ostracized, discriminated against, or sabotaged in the work place on a daily basis.
Constant. Deliberate. Intended to insult and hurt the victim while making the instigator feel ‘big’.
Bullying doesn’t go away. Even when you reach a point where no one in your life is really harassing you any longer the affects of bullying can make life difficult. You feel socially awkward. You are wary of new people for they may be bullies. You are self-conscious. That’s if you survive the bullying.
Bullying isn’t a joke. Suicide isn’t a joke.
I have learned a lot about suicide while researching for this book. I have learned that so many things we say intending to help people recovering from suicide attempts are really hurting them. I have learned that this isn’t something that is ever fully overcome. I have learned that there is an immediate, ongoing, desperate need for trained individuals who know how to help and who are easily accessible.
That is why I made this book about more than just me. This isn’t about money. This isn’t about fame. This is about teenagers. This is about being aware of the power social media has. This is about understanding suicide. This is about being aware of what you are saying and how it affects people. This is about supporting a cause that is out there trying to help teens in crisis.
There are so many groups out there: Big Brothers and Big Sisters, YM/YWCA, Kids Help Phone and other crisis hotlines and chat groups, CFS and CPA, and many many more.
I chose Kids Help Phone because they are Canadian, because they work hard to be there 24/7 for all youth in any crisis, and simply because I believe in their mission. I want to raise awareness so things get better for teens. And I want to raise money for Kids Help Phone so they can make things easier for teens.
This book isn’t about me. This book is about my cousin, Marlee, and how she is fighting to stay positive even when she feels like cutting. This is about her friends and family and foster mother, all of whom are trying to build her up while the world tries to tear her down.
This book is for every teen who has ever felt like there was nothing left to live for.
Show your support for our teens. Reblog this post. Reblog my other posts about teen suicide. Write your own post about depression and suicide. And if you want to help me raise money for Kids Help Phone, then please, buy a copy of the book. It just received a five star review – you can find it on Good Reads. (And that’s all the self promotion I’m indulging in today)
Let’s get the anti-bullying conversation started. Let’s stand up for our teens.