This Mother's Day I will pray to Jamey to let him know how much we all miss him, and how I wish I could have done more to convince him to stay with us on Earth, and how I wish he could have spent all my remaining Mother's Days with me.
It wasn't inspiration that got me off that bridge but a person who saw a boy in a perilous place. Fewer kids will die when it's not just their parents or their gay and lesbian peers but our entire society that is keeping an eye out on their well-being.
Teenagers need to know that they are OK, that they are unique and special just the way they are. The more this message proliferates our media, our social media sites and conversations, the less our youth will feel hopeless and helpless.
In order to truly address the bullying problem, we must accept that the central reason why bullying continues to be so prevalent among our youth is because of the ineffective attempts to combat the problem by adults.
It's time to realize that "bullying" incorporates more than the hideous abuse and high-profile suicides of other people's kids, and more than the over-the-top, often cute and clever nastiness depicted in movies and television.
Earlier this week, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer died by suicide. Too often, our desire to never see such a tragedy again leads to reactionary measures that only cause more harm. But criminalizing bullying is not the answer.
Parents are free to remove their children and educate them someplace else, but that means they pay twice: once through taxes, and then again for the substitute they find. Many parents simply can't do this.
As a parent, there are things you can do to help support your child, including opening lines of communication and establishing trust early, which can then help your child in times of crisis. Your love and support may help save a child's life.