When Bullying Leads to Depression: The Story of S.A.C.K

Don and I were both teachers when we married. We were blessed with two children, Steve and Tami. Steve was a gifted child but by the 5th and 6th grade he was experiencing a lot of bullying in school, but he never told us about it. He just kept it to himself.

We knew his self-esteem was not very high and we tried everything we could think of to help, including counseling, but by the time he was in high school, his attitude and behavior were a big concern to us. They did not expect him to graduate. Unfortunately his depression was not identified.

It wasn’t long until he got into a very unhealthy love relationship which caused him great frustration, grief and sadness.

On his 19th birthday, he lost his final battle when he took his own life.

We don’t want this to happen to any more families. Bullying started Steve on this downward journey until the depression took over.

The pain of this terrible loss led us to establish the SACK Foundation with a desire to help children live, laugh and love in a bully-free environment. Every child has that right.

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