Recently stories of youth suicides due to bullying, or "bullycide" have been flooding the headlines in Canadian media. It's a sad reality for BullyingCanada Executive Directors Katie Neu, of Kitchener, Ont. and Rob Frenette of Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Katie Neu says the phone calls are something you never get used to.
"It's heartbreaking to see the stories about young lives being taken from us due to bullying. It's even more heartbreaking that there are even more stories like those you've heard and seen that never make the headlines," says Neu.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth and each month in Canadian high schools, there are a reported 282,000 bullying incidents.
BullyingCanada, a registered charity, is the first of its kind in Canadian history and offers help, support and information to everyone through their website, one on one chat and toll free number. Since it's launch in 2006, Neu (then 14) and Frenette (then 17) have been working tirelessly to put an end to bullying in Canadian schools. BullyingCanada also offers a Youth Voices Speakers program to educate students and the community at large about bullying, the effects it can have on those involved and how to take a proactive approach in ending bullying.
Suicide is a sad reality for countless youth each year who face bullying.
"Something can be done to prevent these kinds of stories. It is important to recognize the signs of bullying and to make sure the proper steps are taken to ensure the situation is resolved effectively" says Rob Frenette.
"We know what it's like to be bullied and how horrible you can feel about yourself. Our goal is to make sure no one else ever has to go through what we did." Neu and Frenette agree that the effects of bullying can have lasting effects on everyone affected.
To learn more about how to recognize the signs of bullying and to prevent suicides, or to learn more about getting the Youth Voices Speakers program into your school or community group/business, contact BullyingCanada today. Visit online at www.BullyingCanada.ca, or by phone 1-877-352-4497.
Katie Neu and Rob Frenette are the Executive Directors of BullyingCanada Inc.