Interior designer and television show host Nate Berkus recently recorded a message for the Give a Damn project, drawing attention to the issue of bullying and imploring that everyone take the time to be hero in a young person’s life, because it really could make a difference.
[Nate Berkus speaks directly to camera:]
When kids are perceived as being different they must deal with a world at school, online and even at home, that can be cruel and hateful. Sometimes the loneliness, rejection and taunting can become so overwhelming they feel like suicide is the only option to end the pain.
It’s time that each of us step up and help a young person who thought they had no place and no one to turn to. It only takes one person to notice when a kid is struggling, one adult to intervene, and be hero in a young person’s life.
We all have to get involved.
We all have to give a damn.
I give a damn.
Join us at wegiveadam.org to learn more.
The video, which premiered late last year as part of the “Rebuilding Home After Tragedy” episode of Nate’s The Nate Berkus Show, appeared alongside an interview with Wendy Walsh, the mother of 13-year-old Seth Walsh who committed suicide after being bullied because he was gay. You can watch the emotional interview with Seth Walsh’s mom and brother here.
Since her son’s death, Wendy Walsh has recorded her own ACLU-backed PSA talking about Seth’s final days, his suicide note and the need for LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying legislation in schools, and tougher anti-bullying legislation overall.
The Give a Damn project website houses resources on a spectrum of LGBT-related issues, including education, bullying, housing, LGBT elder-issues, health care and more. Below are links so you can connect with the Give a Damn project:
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