03/15/2012 02:17 pm ET

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Speaks Out Against Bullying In 'It Gets Better' Video

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democratic National Committee's chairwoman, released an "It Gets Better" video on Thursday in support of bullied young people.

"For anyone who is going through a tough time, for anyone who has been bullied or feels alone or different, it gets better," the congresswoman says in the video. "Sometimes, it's hard to see that what we're going through won't last forever. When we're in a tough spot, it's hard to imagine that there will ever be a time when it doesn't feel like the world is crashing in on us."

She continues, "But things will always get better. They always do."

The "It Gets Better" project was started in response to a rash of suicides by teens who were bullied by their peers for being gay. Since launching in September 2010, the project has attracted a number of big names, including President Obama, Stephen Colbert and Justin Bieber.

Wasserman Schultz, a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and a supporter of same-sex marriage, also shares a story of her personal experience with bullying.

"When I was in school, I was teased mercilessly, all the time, about my curly hair," she says. "But now my hair is my signature look, and I wouldn't change it for anyone, because it's part of what makes me who I am."