Childhood should be a time of joy and wonder; a time of discovery and exhilaration; a time of peace with family, friends and community. And we want to embrace and enhance this positive experience for our youth.
We want to teach them how to hold onto the true meaning of this time in their lives. These children are our future. We need to treat them well and let them lead the way. We need to show them all the beauty they possess inside.
For me it was my grandparents. They taught me what it feels like to be loved, to be safe, and to be heard. They gave me one shred of hope to hang onto until I was able to get out of my abusive home.
My parents were bullies and I've been bullied all my life....andENUFF'S ENUFF !
Bullying creates the hopelessness that fuels the depression that demands suicide. Yes! Suicide is a drive like the drive a junkie has for their next fix. And unless you've been there, you cannot appreciate how severe that drive can be; and our youth are not prepared to handle that.
This seed money will help to launch the project to develop an ongoing educational program for students ages 8 to 18 on how to recognize bullying; how to understand the feelings of hopelessness, and how to help their peers if they suspect they are a suicide risk.
Occasional assemblies and classroom discussions are a great start; and I am involved in that effort as well right now. Do feel free to contact me to speak at your community center, your middle school, or junior high school.
However, we need to develop the education program and the textbook to establish the training our students need to battle this suicide monster without creating just another form of bullying.
Please help me to take this stand and watch this effort grow into the superhero this educational program has to be to strengthen and empower our future generations............please!