Suicide is NEVER the Answer. Tragedy in Luzeren County, PA

By Dr. Nicole Yetter,   Bullying and Education Consultant           October 11, 2012

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I write this month’s blog. Tragedy has struck a small town in Northeastern, PA. In one week, the lives of four Luzerne County schoolchildren had ended from suicide. This senseless act reinforces the need for a call to action by everyone, not only in the Luzerne County region, but all across America. Sadly, many of the students claim that bullying and harassment may have played a role in the suicides of their classmates.

Suicide is never the answer! Suicide is preventable and talking about it can help save lives. In a recent Youth Risk Survey, 25% of teens have thought about suicide and 90% of those that did commit suicide have severe mental health or substance abuse issues. Children and adults need to know there is an outlet and someone will be there to listen.

If ever a student threatens to harm themselves in some way, offer these words of encouragement:

  • “I want you to live.”
  • “I’m on your side and care about you.”
  • “We’ll get through this together.”
  • “I am here to help.”

These words can help cut through the isolation and desolation they are feeling. Caring May Save A Life And Hope Begins With You!

On behalf of the CyberBully Hotline and myself, we send our sincere condolences to all those affected by this tragedy in Luzerne County and to all of those that may be struggling across America. Help is available, please don’t give up!

Join the CyberBully Hotline webinar: Suicide in School Community: Response and Recovery.

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3 thoughts on “Suicide is NEVER the Answer. Tragedy in Luzeren County, PA

  1. The right to freedom of seecph we have been given by the Constitution is supposed to be based on the right to talk freely about government and petition it without fear of being silenced or punished. The freedom was not meant to include the public insults and harassment that are done with the purpose of destroying someone’s life. Unfortunately, right now, Cyberbullying is a big loophole; it needs to be classified as slander and libel. The problem is that the Internet is a safe haven for bullies because of the anonymity. There is not a more cowardly way to bully someone then from behind a curtain. But parents are the key. Parents need to get involved in helping solve the cyberbullying problem. If parents cared enough about their child being the bully or passing along the material as much as they care when their child is a victim, it would be a huge step forward. But then, of course, how do you know if your child is involved in cyberbullying? You need to monitor their Internet activity. Monitoring software like our PC Pandora records everything that happens on the PC. If your child is a victim, you will know; if they are a bully, you will know. Whatever the case may be with your child (victim or bully), you need to intervene. Check us out at pcpandora.com to see how you can be a part of the solution instead of a passive part of the problem.

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