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I was driving home last night when I heard this statement over the radio and it got me to wondering….


However, more importantly “What can I do to stop this from happening?”  I don’t have the answers and there are smarter people than me studying this and trying to change the trend.

It did get me to thinking though, what has changed:

  • Sense of community at an all time low
  • Fast paced word full of change
  • High expectations of what we do and how we live our life
  • Everyone has an opinion and shares it openly on social media and via traditional media
  • Bullying is at an all time high through words and action

So, what can I do?  I can stop and think before I have my opinion and express my thoughts, especially on social media.

Ask myself:

  • Would I be ok if someone said this about me?
  • Who am I to tell someone what to think?
  • Would I be ok if what I said was the thing that pushed someone over the edge?
  • Why do I even need to say anything?


  • I stop think and express my opinions and thoughts with respect for others more often
  • I take responsibility for my words and the hurt it may cause others
  • I get on with living my life the best way I know how

At the end of the day we have to live with our words and actions and know we had a good day.  I want to know I did that.



Who knows this small step could lead to a new way of thinking for me and maybe others in the future and the next headline I hear or read is.

Suicide’s are declining for Australian’s between 15 and 44, because people stopped and cared.

If you are thinking about this, please don’t become another statistic or a reason for it.

If you need to talk to some-one or need support you can contact – Lifeline for support, you are not alone and I care.