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.
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.
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.
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.