Following up on my previous post about loving to pay author royalties, I want to talk about another annual payment that I love making.
The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note was first published twelve years ago. Lindsay wanted to use the play to give back. We decided to give 20% of all income from the play (books, PDFs, royalties, etc.) to an organization that helps kids cope with the enormous pressures of growing up in today’s society.
Enter Kids Help Phone. Kids Help Phone is a Canadian charity that counsels youth on whatever issues face them. From their site:
Kids Help Phone’s is Canada’s only bilingual, 24-hour, toll-free, confidential and anonymous phone and online counselling, referral and information for children and youth.
I believe the phone counselling is only available if you’re calling from Canada. But there are pages (and pages and pages and pages) of resources on their website that address youth issues like bullying, abuse, physical health, emotional heath, and so on.
There are also online forums on all of these topics. The posts are heartbreaking and highlight why services like this are so important. As I’m writing this, here are the 10 most recent subjects posted to the bullying forum:
- Please Someone Help me :((
- I hate the drama
- no-one likes me
- one dress, ruins everything
- A bit confused.
- Fat, dino ,ugly…
- I don’t know what to do.
- i am in danger
- i am not happy
- what do i do about it
Do you know of equivalent services in other countries?