Another Child Suicide for Being Different

Jamel Myles tragically killed himself yesterday.  Jamel was 9 years old.  I have driven past his Denver elementary school countless times.  The school where he was bullied for being different, for being gay.
How you can help?
Actively support young people in your sphere who are different.  Be actively kind.  Ask direct questions. Does the kiddo like going to school?  Who are his or her friends?  Is there anyone who he or she her is afraid of or who bullies them?
Do you have a bully in your family?  Do you see bullying in your household that you right off as sibling rivalry?  Do you feel bullied in your marriage that your children see and may emulate at school?  Do you actively teach your children to be kind to those who are different?  Do you teach your children about the deadly harm and long term that bullying can result in?  Do you teach your children to love everyone?
Jamel’s grandmother said, “The statement that it takes a village to raise a child is true,” she said. “And the village is broken.”
Suicide rates are rising, and members of the LGBTQ population is at the highest risk.  If you or someone you know is at risk, pease call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Let’s be kind to everyone!  Different is part of the colorful tapestry of America.  Different is not dangerous!