amanda todd bullying
"I just want to say to everyone out there that I've got their back."
Dear Amanda, Happy Valentine's Day! I can remember all the times watching you write out your V Day cards and scrunching up your face when licking the back of the envelopes. After card #15, you couldn't stand the taste. Thanks Amanda for putting a fire under your mom and all the others who care.
I wonder how many people know that October 10 is World Mental Health Day all over the world? This also happens to be the same date that I lost the ability to laugh and cry with my daughter in real time. From here on in, I will work to bring awareness to mental health issues on this date. I invite all those who want to help do this each year by Lighting Up Purple for World Mental Health Day.
It's hard to believe that it has been a year since Amanda initially posted her video to YouTube. And even stranger to see that with combined views from different sources, that there have been over 28-million views. I continue to receive comments from people all around the world about having seen the video for the very first time. I also keep hearing about the positive impacts it has made on those who have watched it. They felt a connection with the video. They thought about their own lives and decided on a change. All these are good things that have come out of this.
School is starting soon. There are many anxious youths out there not looking forward to those first weeks of school. Hopefully this school year will be one where kindness and respect are a focus. Hopefully we won't lose any more young people while we wait.
When we read about horrific acts of bullying, it is not enough to utter the mantra "What is wrong with kids today" and flip to the next page of the newspaper. We are not powerless to prevent these tragedies -- the solution starts with educating our children in a culture of compassion.