#Writing and #Social Interaction: Why People Need People

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Writing is one of those things that can be a lone task. We’re in our heads creating plots and developing characters, figuring out how to paint pictures with words  others can read, see, and feel. But does writing have to be an introverted undertaking? Of course not.

As mentioned in Lisa J. Jackson’s post about meeting other writers, there are a plethora of avenues online and local for writers to connect.  This can be great for support and feedback as well as developing professional and social relationships. But is online more beneficial than off? Continue reading “#Writing and #Social Interaction: Why People Need People”

Bullying – Why Does It Happen and What To Do About It

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A few weeks ago, one of my high school classmates lost his son.  When I heard the news, my first thought was that the teen had died in a car crash or some similar incident.  What I would come to find out is that he had committed suicide.  He was only 15.

No sooner than I had offered condolences, I received an email from a group I’m subscribed to about one of the member’s daughter.  She had committed suicide as well.  She was 14.

In both cases, the suicides were not random events without precursors.   The sad thing is that both are results of bullying.  Comments were made on social media or said at school that lead up to these tragic events. It is heart-breaking to hear and know that acts of meanness could push someone to the edge, to want to end their lives – especially ones that have yet to fully begin.

Awhile back on a different blog (link below), I posted about bullying and some insight on how to handle these situations.  While, I’m not a professional in this arena and do not claim to be, my desire is to do something to help anyone that may feel bullied (and even the bully) to get help.  It is senseless to let these types of things continue to the point of death.

If you, or someone you now is contemplating suicide, please get help.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Their number is 1 (800) 273-8255.