Jan 5th @ 12:57 a.m. – Letter from Australia

I found this letter today in my FB inbox.  It was no one I knew. But after reading it, I somehow felt inspired to share it.  The stories that I have gotten and continue to receive are truly wonderful to read (and even better to share).  I would love to compile some of them and make a e-book to share.  Here is the wonderful letter.  Thank you Matthew for allowing me to share it.

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My name is Matthew, i am 18 years old and i live in Australia. I heard about Amanda Todd through my friends and i saw a photo on instagram arguing that it is sick how people can make someone feel that bad, i completely agree.

I googled her and i gathered that she was a beautiful girl and that she didn’t deserve any of this. I hope they found the offender of the guy who tried to make her life unbearable and arrested him.

The significance of this between me and Amanda is when i was the same age as her, i was getting bullied too. People were awful to me and i didn’t know why.

Once i hit year 10 (Grade 10), things weren’t as bad, people left and things were a little bit easier. But then mum and dad realised that something was wrong. I was having abnormal thoughts and that i was really upset one night, worrying about whether people liked me or what they thought of me.

We went to the doctors, i was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, caused by bullying. I saw a psychologist for a few months, doing cognitive behavioural therapy, which didn’t work much for me, so in the end i went on anti depressants and saw the phychologist there who specialises in depression and anxiety, however one guy bullied me and i self harmed, the doctor argued that we needed to upper the dosage on the anti depressants because i wasn’t getting any relief from them.

So they started to help, but what was really going to help me was get out of school, The guy who bullied me got kicked out of the school due to accusations of him sexually harassing girls. This helped me as i wouldn’t need to put up with him anymore, but i did have to put up with exclusion and people being mean, rude and selfish.

I’m now graduated from school, i’m going to a business college this year for Information Technology for the year and hopefully going to uni next year or working full time, we’ll see..

I’m so sorry to hear about Amanda and if there is anything i can possibly do whether it’s supporting or just someone to talk to when things are tough, i’m more then happy to help. None of this was yours or her fathers fault, from what i’ve gathered, i honestly think you guys were great parents and watching the memorial service made my eyes water and has giving me the courage to support anti-bullying and to support you as i know this has been really hard for you and your family.

My support goes to all of you and your family!

Matthew

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About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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6 Responses to Jan 5th @ 12:57 a.m. – Letter from Australia

  1. Mary Jane says:

    I must speak to you I have bery important Information for you!! Your daughter has not died in vain ..she has sparked an outrage and I pray that things change! My heart goes out to you and your family I could only imagine your pain. She was a beautiful sensitive incredibly innocent and wonderful girl .. This cpuld have happened to anyones child! its the predators and trolls that need to be eradicated!!! It’s a shame she is gone but she lives on forever and has made her mark in the world. To all of us ..she is also pur child and a piece of all of us has died with her. her words will echo forever in time. I send you strength and love. ❤

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  2. Rob says:

    Dennis, I was just going back a little, to the video you posted, very thoughtful
    of you. The 1’st song in your video really struck me. Thanks for sharing
    it. I have never heard of the song, or of the band…… The Mighty Rio Grande.

    takes me places….

    Amanda,
    You Are Forever Loved.

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  3. merle says:

    Dennis, I believe she can!

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  4. merle says:

    Thank you Carol for sharing Matthew’s letter. It amazes me how many people there are around the world that have similar, heartbreaking stories. However it is also amazing to realize the propensity of Amanda’s message as it reaches far and wide to others. As the saying goes, “If just one person is helped by this,” please take some comfort in the knowledge that Amanda’s message has probably helped hundreds if not thousands of people by allowing them to acknowledge, share and identify with your daughter. What a remarkable legacy to own!

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    • Its like the saying goes “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared” -Buddha I just wish Amanda could see the impact of her message

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