September 2 – WHO – World Mental Health Day (October 10th)

Finally I am getting over my latest virus.  It only took 10 1/2 months to hit me.   I’ve been out of writing commission for about 2 weeks and am almost ready to come back to my blog.  I think of the most interesting things to write during the day but of course, am usually lacking the piece of paper to write the ideas down.  By the time night comes around, it’s all forgotten.

One of the many interesting things that has happened in the past couple of weeks is that I have been in touch with Dave and Deb Smith.  The names might not be familiar but they are the parent/step-parent of Hannah Smith.  We have been messaging over Facebook and sharing our thoughts as grieving parents.   What do you say to parents who have lost their child?  It’s hard to imagine and even harder to share words.  I can empathize with them as I have been at the same place as them only 10 months ago.  This goes for all the other parents that have all connected for the same horrible reasons – we have lost our child in the face of technology and cyberbullying.

Many of the parents that I have been talking to have a similar vision.  To make change in an otherwise passive society.  It is not until voices are heard that changes are made.

There was an article published about the Justice Minister of Canada – Peter McKay – New Justice Minister wants legal crackdown.   We can only hope that Peter McKay can voice his opinions and wants loudly enough so that others will listen.  And we can then hope that each province uses the funding $$ wisely by listening to the people who have been affected by tragedy.

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Too many kids are making the wrong decisions about life.  Life is about living.  Youth is a time where experiences are new and its a road not yet travelled.  We only learn from our experiences and we  have to teach our young people that there are things that happen in our life to make them stronger and more resilient.  We have to remind our kids that even though something happens to them that may seem like the worst thing in the world, tomorrow is another day.

We have to tell everyone who is friends with someone to be there for them — when they are up and especially when they are down.   Being a friend means you can’t be a bystander and watch.  Helping and supporting are so important.  Even if you have to go and support by telling an adult.

October 10th is World Mental Health Day (by the World Health Organization).   More awareness is needed about Mental Health illnesses and disorders.  It is only then that maybe more funding can be put towards helping our kids that will one day grow up into healthy adults when taken care of.

It is also Light Up the World Purple Day (for Amanda Todd and all others who have suffered from mental health + bullying).   Do something purple on that day and record it on the Facebook Events page –

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If in Canada, check out these sites – Teen Mental Health  and Kids Help Phone.

If in the U.S., check this site – NetSmartz.

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.
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4 Responses to September 2 – WHO – World Mental Health Day (October 10th)

  1. la Punisher says:

    Translation for jag72
    The company is not only passive. She is sometimes selfish and say that it does not or that those people who are in trouble we do not know what will happen to them.
    Yes this world with or without technology is too cruel.


  2. jag72 says:

    La société n’est pas seulement passive. Elle se révèle parfois égoïste en se disant que cela ne leur arrivera pas ou bien que ces gens qui sont dans le malheur on ne les connais pas.
    Oui ce monde avec ou sans technologie est trop cruel.


  3. merle48 says:

    Even when you are “thinking of the most interesting things to write during the day,” you may not remember what to write about later, yet I’m sure you are also healing yourself little by little with your thoughts. It’s all part of healing I believe, and a lot of times the words will return when you don’t try as hard to remember them, as it only takes one small thing to bring the idea back. EMPATHY should be the word of the year…no, decade…as there is not enough of it for sure! You ARE doing all the right things Carol, and have always stood stronger than any of us would ever expect. Please continue to be a beacon of light and hope to others who have experienced the unthinkable. My prayers are with you and your family always.


  4. Leah Parsons says:

    Getting the bystanders to stand up, speak up is definitely something we need to focus on. This is becoming an epidemic and your right teens need to be able to live, make mistakes and grow from them not be harassed into taking their own life. This society needs more empathy.


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