“Sometimes It Takes A Tragedy To Make A Difference In The World”
Carol Todd has impacted the world as an educator, parent and leader for social action in striving to talk about bullying, cyberbullying and mental health plus wellness. In 2012, Carol’s daughter Amanda took her own life at the age of 15, following the posting of a YouTube video that detailed the severe harassment, both by peers and online, that she endured. From this place of tragedy, Carol has found that by sharing Amanda’s story, she could help others.
In memory of her daughter, Carol founded the Amanda Todd Legacy Society to create further awareness surrounding these important issues that many young people are facing around the world. She currently speaks internationally about her experience, as well as her daughter’s struggles with bullying, cyber abuse, online victimization and mental health. Carol feels the importance of educating parents, caregivers, youth and so many others about the issues that surround us in society.
“Sometimes it takes a tragedy to make a difference in the world”, Carol says. She is now a voice of global change and advocacy and is driven by her passion and leadership to change the mindset behind negative behaviour and challenge the barriers of stigma.
Carol is going to share her experiences around mental health, and her interaction with first responders at the First Responder Suicide Awareness Conference in Calgary September 19, 2019.
The Amanda Todd Legacy is a non-profit society that focuses on awareness and the well-being of individuals with respect to prevention and awareness related to bullying, cyber abuse and internet safety. The society also provides resources and education that encourage mental wellness and healthy living.
Campaigns of awareness and outreach to youth and adults are of primary focus for the Amanda Todd Legacy. Most notably, the Light Up Purple Campaign is held annually on October 10th, where well known landmarks across the world ‘light up purple’ to raise awareness for mental health. The Amanda Todd Legacy also presents globally to public schools, colleges, universities, community events, and conferences, to share Amanda’s story and to talk about topics which include digital citizenship, online safety and mental health and wellness. http://www.amandatoddlegacy.org/