On this show, we’re going to explore in-depth what bullying and abuse are and the devastating effects they can have on our daughters.
The connectivity between bullying and suicide has been confirmed by the CDC.
Today, Angie, an adjunctive therapist and mom, is joining me. Angie’s daughter, Callie, a middle-school student was severely bullied at school and completed suicide.
I taught a civility-leadership academy every Monday for five class periods for a semester at her school. I encountered a great lack of civility by their students.
Those same students went to her memorial service and didn’t show any kind of reverence towards the loss of this beautiful and sensitive girl.
Angie talks about this unfathomable event and how she’s trying to make a difference in our kids’ lives because of Callie’s goodness.
Note: From the website Speaking of Suicide.com: People in the suicide prevention field discourage the use of the term “committed suicide.” The verb “commit” (when followed by an act) is generally reserved for actions that many people view as sinful or immoral. Someone commits burglary, or murder, or rape, or perjury, or adultery, or crime – or something else bad.
Suicide is bad, yes, but the person who dies by suicide is not committing a crime or sin. Rather, the act of suicide almost always is the product of mental illness, intolerable stress, or trauma.
To portray suicide as a crime or sin stigmatizes those who experience suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide. This stigma, in turn, can deter people from seeking help from friends, family, and professionals.
Note: For those wanting help in suicide prevention by text, the text number is 741741.