Kodi’s Message raises awareness on youth bullying and suicide.
Kodi Pearson was bullied at school and online and it drove him to take his own life. He was 14 years old. No child should ever have to experience that and no family should ever need to suffer the crippling grief of losing a young member of their family.
Kodi’s message exists to help other kids and families avoid this horrific situation.
When you think of teenagers and suicide, you think of someone who is depressed and isolated. To put the words ‘Kodi’ and ‘suicide’ in the same sentence would have been unthinkable, but months later the Pearson family are trying to get their heads around the events that lead to 11th July 2016. Kodi was driven to take his own life because of bullying – both at school and online. In a family where there is never a shortage of love and everyone wears their hearts on their sleeves, life will never ever be the same again.
THINK FIRST. SPEAK UP. REACH OUT.
This is 7 year old London Wirihana, and for the longest time she has contemplated cutting her luscious locks for charity. But recently, her beautiful Aunty Grace lost a close friend to suicide and London decided the time was right; she HAD to help.
And while too young to fully understand what it means for someone to end their life, London’s understanding is enough to know that she never wants another family, friend or loved one to experience the sadness of losing someone to suicide.