Thursday, October 7, 2010

A heavy topic…but it needs to be said

It seems you can’t turn on the news lately without hearing about yet another young person choosing to end their life. The rash of suicides in the past weeks, many prompted by bullying, has been alarming to say the very least. It’s so troubling to know how many young people see this as an option in hard times. It’s imperative that we teach the youth of our nation that suicide is not a solution to any problem.

Demi Lovato is teaming up with Facebook® and Pacer’s National Center for Bullying Prevention to spread the message. October is actually National Bullying Prevention Month and Demi and other stars are doing their part to spread the word. You can watch Lovato's video message about the topic on her Facebook Page.

Also check out an excellent, heartwarming plea from Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden imploring young adults that things do get better, that they can overcome their situations.

I learned for the first time this week that Facebook® has actually implemented a “Safety Page” to assist people experiencing any type of bullying or unsafe activities they encounter on the social networking site.

If you or anyone you know is struggling please contact The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention immediately! Sadly I have experience with this, and know that losing a loved one to suicide is one of the deepest pains you can know. Let’s end this awful epidemic today!

If you are in suicidal crisis please call 800-273-TALK

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