The President of the national bullying prevention foundation Anna Mendez says that bullying related suicide has become the 3rd leading cause of death among kids. Anna Mendez' tragic story has been highlighted in the media in recent years. She lost her own son to suicide as a result of long-term bullying. When she campaigns against bullying, she knows what she is talking about. Now she is about to open up her heart in a new way on the subject. She has written a book called "If These Halls Could Talk," the theme of which is the harsh reality of bullying in America; the type of bullying that led to her own son's tragic suicide.
Bullying related suicide is now being called "bullycide", and it is the 3rd leading cause of death among children. For many kids, high school is a wonderful time which they will never forget but for others it is a living hell full of severe, long-term bullying. Many people now find that school classrooms and gymnasiums where parents expect their children will be safe are sometimes quite dangerous places for their kids. Bullying is not a simple matter of momentary assault. It takes a huge toll on the emotional well being of the victim and can lead to anything from depression, to anxiety, to physical ailments, to loss of self esteem, to self-hatred and if severe enough, will lead to suicide.
"If These Halls Could Talk" seeks to reveal the ugly underbelly of American society where duplicitous cover up and denial is the norm. It deals with the paranoia and savageness of the beast within each of us. The book deals with a victim's desperate struggle to save himself and the fatal consequences of looking the other way. It explores our modern day values, moral codes and mob behavior. Most importantly, the book seeks to provide solutions for families that have nowhere else to turn.
Anna Dipronio-Mendez, having lived through a parent's worst nightmare, losing her only son, Daniel Mendez, to suicide, is now the president of the National Association for People Against Bullying; and it is her mission to spread awareness of the severe impact that bullying has on its victims so that changes will be made to stop the social epidemic known as bullycide. Her book: "If These Halls Could Talk," is being published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises and is available through bookstores nationwide. It can also be found online at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore and www.barnesandnoble.com