Regional bullying conference set in Tupper Lake

— Guest speaker Tom O’Clair will be speaking about mental effects of bullying and share his personal experiences after his son, Timothy, lost his battle with mental illness and committed suicide.

Timothy O’Clair, the namesake of Timothy’s Law, committed suicide just weeks before his 13th birthday. And the O’Clairs’ insurance company did not cover the mental healthcare treatments they believed Timothy needed.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is currently looking closely at how bullying can lead to what is now being called bullycide, suicide as a result of bullying.

Pioli said the goal for Family Champions is to provide education to the community to advocate the healthiest and happiest life children can achieve.

“Life is too short for children or adults to be unhappy,” Pioli said. “Bullying totally demolishes self-esteem. If they lose their self-esteem as a child, then their self-esteem as an adult will be really gone.”

Speakers of the conference include Tom O’Clair, Kelly Wright, Tracy Killar, Seth McGowen and parents.

Those interested in participating in the conference are asked to register by Nov. 28. For more information or to register for the conference, call 359-9110 or email familychampions@yahoo.com.

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