“When everyone else has given up on you, it’s hard not to give up on yourself.” Struggling with learning disabilities and battling school bullying – like horrible nicknames such as “retard” – Ben discovered early on that kids can be cruel to children with differences like autism. With no friends and no future in sight, he cried himself to sleep at night, even contemplating suicide. But then he had a revelation which changed everything.
If you or someone you know is dealing with bullying, reach out to a mental health professional or responsible adult. If you need more help, call the SAMHSA National Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). If you’re worried that you or someone you know may might hurt themselves, please call the US National Suicide Prevention Hotline
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