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AKA- Princess Snowflake
The dictionary describes a snowflake as something that cannot be duplicated because it is one of a kind. We know that every snowflake in the world is unique, individual and different. They are also fragile and beautiful to see. No two snowflakes are the same. Just the way that all humans are unique and different but still always beautiful and different at the same time.
These are the same qualities that we find in each person throughout the world.
Everyone is special and uniquely different. No one should be bullied or made fun of for being their own person. No one should be stigmatized for their mental health conditions. We should ALL be able to be ourselves without fear of reprisal or ridicule from anyone about anything.
Amanda wanted her voice heard
She would have wanted everyone to know how much she hurt emotionally and how the same thing also hurt thousands of other children and youth each day. Amanda couldn’t stop what was happening to her and it was her dream to make it right for others. She thought it would help to tell her story for others to hear.
Anyone can be that voice by taking just a few minutes to learn more about bullying, cyberabuse, online safety and mental health
It is critical to be able to recognize the signs of someone in need of assistance and to be there to listen and support. Sometimes just listening is all is needed.
Through her 8 minute You Tube video, Amanda has allowed others from all over the world to hear and watch her story online. Her video has sparked discussions all over the world on topics related to bullying and cyberbullying, online exploitation, sextortion, internet safety and the issues surrounding mental health and wellness. This will hopefully break through the barriers of silence and create more scenarios of support and hope.
My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm:
Amanda's video with self harm image taken out - https://youtu.be/M5kVwW92bqQ
“I'm struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I'm not doing this for attention. I'm doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I'd rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don't hate, although I’m sure I'll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyone's future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I'm still here aren't I ?”
~ Amanda xoxo Sept 7, 2012