Monday, October 18, 2010

Dr. Phil Tips in with more information on Bullying

This is an excerpt from a Dr. Phil blog and references one of my posts regarding his broadcast from the bridge where the young man, Tyler Clementi, recently jumped from the bridge as a result of being bullied.

"I have some great news worth sharing. The folks from National Suicide Prevention Lifeline let us know that, with the  rebroadcast of The Bridge, the Lifeline received a record number of calls, as they did the first time it aired. They also told us that links from to the Lifeline Gallery resulted in at least six people sharing their stories of hope and recovery!

The dramatic increase in calls shows that there are so many people out there who are willing to get help, if they know where to turn. We must work to not overlook those who are in pain. If you know someone who is hurting, reach out to them. You may feel as though you aren’t qualified to help in such a serious situation, but you can at least guide them to local resources. If you’re not sure where to turn, the Lifeline Network has 140 Centers in 48 states — their Web site is a great place to start. And in those urgent circumstances, whether it involves you or another person, if the danger seems immediate, by all means call 911 for help.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts and stories.  If you are among those who are struggling, remember that you are not alone. Things can get better, and help is available.

God bless."
Dr. Phil

I sincerely hope that this subject remains on the forefront of talk shows, news, school board discussions, and all other places of discussion in the hopes of reaching those that don't know where to turn for help and also to reach those who are bullying others to let them know that it will no longer be tolerated!

I you are feeling like there is no other way out or are having thoughts that you are alone, no matter what the issue, PLEASE reach out to an adult you trust or call a suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You are important to ME, your family and friends and the world. Ending your life is not the answer and yes, you are hurting and may be feeling all alone, but IT WILL GET BETTER!

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