One simple word, with huge impact-BULLYING.
Bullying. It's been around since the old times. There's the school bully that gives you wedgies and takes your lunch money, there's that jerk with their group of friends, there's that catty girl that spreads gossip about him or or her doing this with him or her. But really, how far does the problem go? To what extent does it go to?
If you live in North America, specifically Canada like I do, I reckon that you've heard of Amanda Todd-a 15 year old girl that made the mistake of showing intimate parts of herself online. I won't go into detail, but she did make more mistakes after that, all not very pretty mistakes. But the shocking part was the bullying. She explains it in detail in her video. Being called a slut. Being called a whore. Being physically bullied-being beaten and battered until she was just laying on the ground, sobbing. Yes, what she did was not the right thing, and she could've done better-but the bullying these people did to her ended up in suicide as a way out of her pain.
As a teenager, I see bullying going on EVERY DAY in my school. There's a particularly large kid in our school-no names being told-and he's bullied everyday. There was this one, sick joke that someone told me- (What's red, white, and has more calories than a McFlurry? (Blank) in a blender!" I now realize that I should have stood up for him. I should have punched that kid and made him regret everything he ever said. But I just stood there, unsure of what to do. I am ashamed of this. I am very, very ashamed. The bullied kid later committed suicide. And I could have prevented it. Anybody could have. But nobody wanted to. And this is in honor of him.
People never realize how much their actions hurt other people. Even if it's just a snicker from afar or pointing. Even if it's just tripping them consistently, even if it's just calling them names, even if they're not doing anything physical to you-it really does hurt. Words hurt. In fact, sometimes they kill. I was called 'Pus Face' in grade four for my acne. That sticks with me everywhere I go, even today. In schools, kids don't realize because they are immature. But that's not an excuse. We NEED to instill it in our minds that bullying DOES happen, that it DOES lead to depression, that it DOES lead to addiction, that it DOES lead to cutting, that it can even eventually lead to suicide. Don't underestimate the power of bullying.
There's a song I dedicate to the kid I could have saved once-Nothing To Lose, by Billy Talent. Because we all have something to lose. Please spread the awareness on bullying.