In recognition of October Anti-Bullying Month 2016, Gundersen Health and the Coulee Compassion Alliance will host a community screening of REJECT documentary.
The November 3rd screening in La Crosse, WI will be followed by a discussion led by researcher and expert Kipling D. Williams PhD, Purdue University. REJECT takes a science-based and solution-oriented look at the roots of bullying behavior and violent behavior against the self or others.
Over the 9 years that have elapsed since my son’s suicide, my wife Jan and I have done whatever we could to try and reduce the amount of bullying in our society. Jan has been more focused on legal and political issues. I, and my certified therapy dog Ranger, have been working more with people directly. (Ranger and I volunteer at Highland Springs Behavioral Hospital.) We also work with suicide support groups like Chrysalis, The Compassionate Friends, and Lake County Mental Health.) Both Jan and I were involved in two video documentaries on the topic of school bullying, “Reject”, and “Mentor”. And, both of us volunteer to speak on the topic of bullying at any school that asks for our help.
During these nine years, I have met at least three dozen families that have lost a son or daughter to suicide. And, out at the hospital, I have met with close to 50 students from local Jr. High and High Schools that have made serious suicide attempts. I know I see far more students that have been bullied to the point of suicide than most people in our city. And, I know that I only see a tiny percentage of the actual total number of students that have made suicide attempts in the area.