Bullying Suicide
In keeping with my article earlier this week, today’s focus is bullying and suicide.  No doubt, this has been going on behind the scenes for some time.  But in recent years, these suicides have gotten much more media attention.

Bullying happens when people disconnect from their sense of compassion and empathy.  They get outside of themselves, enabling them to do cruel things with little remorse.  The goal is to keep their target weak and vulnerable so they can continue to feel powerful and invincible.  Online taunting even goes as far as wishing a bullied person would die.  It’s unconscionable, but it happens all around the world every single day under our noses.

I’ve collected a few recent articles, videos and a page of statistics on bullying and suicide.  The statistics page also gives information about warning signs that potential suicide.  If your child or anyone you know starts talking like it would be better if they just “weren’t around anymore” or if they’d be “better off dead,” don’t take this lightly. Some people at risk for suicide don’t give many clues, and you may be fortunate to have just a hint before they put themselves in real danger.

The heartbreak for the families involved in these articles and videos is absolutely immense.  The death of a child is one of the most difficult things for a parent to go through, no matter the age or the reason.  But I must think that suicide, especially because of the destructive influence of bullies, must be especially difficult.  Obvious wrongdoing that doesn’t stop until it’s way too late – very hard to absorb or live with.

Here are the resources, check them out:

Suicide and Bullying – Statistics and Warning Signs  Take note of the suicide hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  The risk (shown in the numbers) is astounding when suicide is connected with bullying.

Gay Buffalo Teen Commits Suicide on Eve of National Bullying Summit – Take note that there are some good videos on the left column.  I wasn’t able to post them individually, but you should check them out.  You can click on them individually or you can allow the video to continually play (commercials between videos).  One of the videos is a follow-up to the Phoebe Prince suicide in January 2010.

Teen’s Parents:  After Suicide He’s Still Being Bullied – More on the teen from Buffalo with some other good online resources at the end of the article.

Readers – if you have any other resources on bullying that you’ve seen recently, you can add them here.  I’m just catching what I’ve seen and heard very recently.  Also, add your comments and thoughts below.

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