Monday, September 26, 2011

Tragic death of 11 year old boy needs to lead to more awareness about suicide prevention

I just read the tragic story of the suicide death of 11-year-old Mitchell Wilson, who was living with Muscular Dystrophy. Mitchell was bullied and beat-up by older boys. It is tragic that Mitchell suffered so greatly by the destructive attitudes of other people who took advantage of Mitchell's disability and treated him in such a destructive manner.

People need to know about an excellent resource that exists for people who show signs of being suicidal. Your Life Counts is a great service that cares and is truly life-affirming.

We need to be aware that many people with disabilities live with bullying and descrimination on a regular basis. There will always be heartless people, but society as a whole must first recognize the existence of ingrained negative attitudes towards people with disabilities before it can assure equality and dignity for every citizen.

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