Rarely am I at a loss for words or swift solutions to questions. Yet, there are limits to how much heartbreak one can endure before feeling overwhelmed. How does one process the news of another 10-year-old boy from Indiana ending his life due to bullying?

I'm deeply sorry to hear about Sammy Teusch's tragic story. It's heart-wrenching to witness such pain and loss, especially at such a young age. My empathy and concern for Sammy and his family are truly heartfelt. It's natural to feel overwhelmed and saddened by these events, especially when it seems like efforts to seek help were not enough. https://nypost.com/2024/05/15/us-news/indiana-boy-10-kills-himself-after-suffering-horrific-bullying/

My passion and purpose is to help every child to feel good and to feel safe, Sammy did not feel either according to all of the news reports I am reading. This is the reason I start with why? It is the first question we always ask in our meetings when discussing any issues we face. Why is this not working? Why do we have a high discipline rate? Why is our graduation rate low?

In moments like these, it's important to remember that families are not alone in their grief and frustration. Our compassion and desire for change are powerful forces that can inspire others to take action and work towards creating a safer, more supportive environment for everyone, especially young children like Sammy. It is times like these when I think, I have not done enough to get my message out about my book, my willingness to support schools and communities. So please help me by sharing my book, sharing my message and letting others know how we can work together to make real changes so Sammy’s story is not repeated with many more lives lost.

As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May, it's crucial to emphasize the profound impact of hate and cruelty, which can lead to devastating consequences. It's our collective responsibility to stand against bullying and nurture a culture of kindness and empathy. Your voice is powerful, and by raising awareness and speaking out, you play a vital role in creating a future where every child feels valued, respected, and safe.

I want to reiterate that Sammy was just a 10-year-old boy, a student at Greenfield Intermediate School in Indiana, which is approximately 2 hours away from where I live. This hits close to home, especially considering the reports from Eric Graves at Indiana News 59 in March 2023, highlighting suicides related to bullying. One involved Terry Badger III, a 13-year-old from Covington, Indiana, just 25 minutes from my home, and another tragic incident occurred with an 8th-grade student at Shelbyville Middle School, which is roughly 2 hours away. https://fox59.com/indiana-news/indiana-communities-mourning-students-dead-by-suicide-calling-out-bullying/

If you know people in school districts who need support please let them know about my book, contact information and my willingness to help. I will talk with students to support turning around a climate to value and safety. I will do more in directly reaching out to schools.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when we collectively focus on understanding, supporting, and advocating for mental health. This month, let's channel our efforts into actions that can make a real difference, especially for our youth.

  1. Education and Awareness: Spread knowledge about mental health through workshops, seminars, and online resources. Encourage conversations in schools, communities, and families about mental well-being and the importance of seeking help when needed.
  2. Destigmatization: Challenge stigmas and misconceptions surrounding mental health. Encourage empathy, understanding, and acceptance for those facing mental health challenges. Promote a culture of openness and support.
  3. Support Systems: Advocate for accessible and affordable mental health services, including counseling, therapy, and support groups. Ensure that young people have access to the resources they need to prioritize their mental well-being.
  4. Empowerment: Empower youth to prioritize self-care and mental wellness. Encourage them to practice mindfulness, stress management techniques, and healthy coping strategies. Provide platforms for them to share their experiences and support each other.
  5. Collaboration: Foster collaboration among schools, mental health professionals, community organizations, and policymakers to create comprehensive mental health support systems. Work together to address the unique challenges faced by young people.

By taking these actions together, we can raise awareness, reduce stigma, and ensure that our youth have the support they need for positive mental health outcomes.

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