Did you know that summer is one of the toughest times for abused children? They can’t get away from their abusers when they live in their house, eat their food, etc. Childhood experiences that lead to low self-esteem and possible suicide include:
- Being harshly criticized
- Being yelled at, or beaten
- Being ignored, ridiculed or teased (social media)
- Being expected to be ‘perfect’ all the time
- Experiencing failures in sports and/or school
- And, friends who goat them to do so, or don’t reach out to the authorities for help when they see it coming….
And, although Netflix is catching some heat with its show, "13 Reasons Why," media veteran and New York's nationally recognized and award-winning child advocate, Steve Simpson, takes the position that it is, after all, a fictional show and any attention brought to the topic of suicide is a positive thing. The bigger issue, Simpson will tell you, is not so much how many children commit suicide because of bullying in school but the countless ones that have committed suicide because of the bullying in their home.
Buy and leave around your house on of Steve's book containing The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook -- a small guide that is modestly tucked inside in all four of his YA adventure novels which covers most of the topics plaguing young people today—suicide, bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, self-worth, being the child of an addict, living in a dysfunctional home, surviving school and more. This is a way for children and teens to seek help in a private way. It can get better.
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