Teen Suicide and Bullying

In light of all the recent news, I decided to put in an unscheduled post in hopes to get the word out there about suicide prevention. Specifically in cases where it involves bullying. I’m not sure if you had seen the Ellen video, but it was amazing. (See below to watch)

I just wanted to say that I hope this sends a message to children, as well as parents that this is a major problem. I myself remember my self esteem being tarnished by others who teased me. Whether it was about my height, my looks, my lack of designer clothes, it all hurt just the same. I’m not blaming my depression on any of the people who hurt me, but I’m not going to lie and say it didn’t contribute to the problem.

Had I known in high school just how insignificant what others thought actually was, I may have been a different person. I thought high school was THE moments of our life where we carved out who we were and who we were going to be. Sure, in some senses it did, but believe me, I’m nothing like who I thought I was or would be in high school.

For every person who told me I was not pretty in high school, ten more told me the exact opposite as an adult. So why did it let me bother me then? Because I was young, and what people thought mattered. How unfortunate that I let their thoughts shape who I was at the time.

So here’s what I have to say to all of you teens who are bullied. Don’t let it get to you too much. You’re way better than those people. Who you are is important. And I’m going to tell you a secret…the bullies….they only do those things to feel better about themselves. Below their cool facade, they are just as unsure of themselves and worried about what everyone thinks as you are. So take heart. It DOES get better.

My heart goes out to all of the families of those who took their lives due to bullying.

I also thought I’d share this song, it’s one of my favorites … with the favorite line of lyrics being, “Someday we’ll all be old and I’ll be so damn beautiful!

“Paper Bag”

She don’t run from the sun no more
She boxed her shadow and she won
Said I can see you laugh
Through these bottle caps
And this wire around my neck ain’t
There for fun

But someday we’ll all be old
And I’ll be so damn beautiful
Meanwhile I’ll hide my head
Here in this paper bag
Cause if I cant see you
Then you can’t see me
And it’ll be okay
Fly little bee away
To where theres no more rain
And I can be me

Yeah they talk about her
She smiles like shes so tough
She says
“hey can you talk a little louder,
I don’t think my heart is broken enough”

But someday we’ll all be old
And I’ll be so damn beautiful

Meanwhile I’ll hide my head
Here in this paper bag
Cause if I can’t see you
Then you can’t see me
And it’ll be okay
Fly little bee away
To where theres no more rain
And I can be me

Some days I wade in the indigo
Singing that song on the radio
I blame these puddles on the rain
You know I gotta keep these cheeks dry today
Gotta keep my cheating strategy
And baby I’m gonna have it made.

But someday we’ll all be old
And I’ll be so damn beautiful

Meanwhile I’ll hide my head
Here in this paper bag
Cause if I can’t see you
Then you can’t see me
And it’ll be okay
Fly little bee away
To where there’s no more rain
And I can be me

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