On July 11 2016, 14-year-old Kodi Pearson tragically took his own life as a direct result of bullying, at school and online. It was sudden. It was unexpected. It was utterly devastating. Kodi left his loving family a handwritten note. In this note he left one clear wish, a message … he wanted everyone to know the dangers of bullying, and that it had to stop.
His parents, Michelle and Quentin, and adoring big sister, Tayla, now live with a focus – to raise awareness and educate young people and their families about the dangers of bullying so that no other family has to endure the heartache they experience on a daily basis.
With this goal wish in mind, Kodi’s Message, a joint initiative of the Hearts & Minds Foundation and the Pearson family, was founded.
Kodi’s Message was created to speak to three distinctive groups: potential perpetrators of bullying, bystanders of bullying (friends, family and teachers), and victims of bullying. The three program pillars are to ‘Think first. Speak up. Reach out’. While the messages are slightly different, the outcome is the same … to minimise the impact of bullying, reduce the stigma attached to suicide and ensure that no more lives are lost.
Michelle, Quentin, Tayla and the Hearts & Minds Foundation team need your help to spread the message and save the lives of vulnerable young people just like Kodi. Our vision is a world free from bullying for our young people, and our mission is to raise awareness around the seriousness of bullying, both at school and online, and the impact it can have on a young person.
Kodi’s Message aims to positively influence the attitudes and behaviours of young people through a range of educational programs and initiatives delivered through clubs and schools. Ultimately, Kodi’s Message exists to eradicate bullying and reduce the risk of youth suicide by connecting young people, their parents and the community to the necessary support and assistance.
Can you help us to save the lives of vulnerable children like Kodi?
Please help us to fulfil one boy’s wish for a world without bullying.