WLOS hosts "Your Voice, Your Future: The New Age of Bullying" Round Table

Moderator Mark Hyman with panelists Max Weissman, Kimberly Cornwell, Jeanne McGowan and SRO Craig Roberts. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 44,193 people took their own lives in 2015. The foundation also states that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. The National Bullying Prevention Center has also found there is a strong relationship between bullying and suicide-related behaviors. The percentages of individuals who have experienced cyber-bullying at some point in their lifetimes have nearly doubled (18% to 34%) from 2007-2016.

On August 15, WLOS hosted a "Your Voice, Your Future: The New Age of Bullying" Round Table discussion with panelists Mr. Max Weissman, a youth counselor with Adolescent Counseling Services of WNC; SRO Craig Roberts with the Asheville Police Department, assigned to Asheville High School; Ms. Kim Cornwell, a mother whose daughter Amber suffered bullying and ultimately committed suicide in 2014; and Ms. Jeanne Mcgowan with Asheville City Schools who works with the Safe Schools program. Mark Hyman, the host of "Behind the Headlines" was the moderator of the discussion.

The panel discussed the impacts and effects of bullying, how to get help, warning signs, and the role of social media in bullying. They also discussed ways parents can make sure their children are not being bullied, and how to recognize signs of depression that may lead to suicide.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you or someone you know is thinking about taking their life: 1-800-273-8255.

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