A heartbreaking video is doing the rounds online depicting an Australian child crying over the incessant bullying he faces at school. The result, however, has been an outpouring of support for the 9-year-old from all over the world.
In the video, shared by mother Yarraka Bayles, her son Quaden speaks of feeling suicidal while she implores viewers to educate their children about disability and bullying. It’s an almost unbearably painful watch but at least some good has come out of it.
The video caught the attention of the Indigenous NRL All-Stars who invited Quaden to lead them out for their game this weekend.
9 year old wanting to commit suicide due to being bullied. 💔💔💔🥺 https://t.co/DysTrmlaiD
The video reached America and comedian Brad Williams launched a fundraiser to get Quaden and his mother to Disneyland. Over $130,000 has already been raised and Fiji Airways have donated plane tickets. The comic has insisted that any money left over will be donated to anti-bullying and anti-abuse charities.
Celebrities aplenty shared their support for the young man on Twitter.
Quaden - you’ve got a friend in me. #BeKind @LokelaniHiga https://t.co/8dr3j2z8Sy https://t.co/jyqtZYC953
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
Hey there son,
Much love to you&your family. Stay strong. You're an example to all, every one of us out in the worl… https://t.co/4zxlFs4jOD
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@Vincent D'Onofrio)
If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, The Samaritans offers support; you can speak to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.
For services local to you, the national mental health database- Hub of Hope - allows you to enter your postcode to search for organisations and charities who offer mental health advice and support in your area.