Mum of teen who died by suicide after being outed demands urgent action

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10/10/2019

A mother whose son took his own life after bullies outed him online is calling for action on the “epidemic” of LGBT+ bullying. Tyler Clementi, 18, tragically died in 2010. He was driven to suicide when his college roommate covertly filmed him kissing another man and then livestreamed it online. His death brought national attention to cyberbullying and the struggles of LGBT+ youth. Tyler’s parents, Jane and Joseph Clementi, later established the Tyler Clementi Foundation in his memory. The organisation aims to end online and offline bullying with a particular focus on young LGBT+ people, who are disproportionately affected by mental health issues. Speaking to PinkNews ahead of World Mental Health Day, Jane Clementi explained the need for greater insight into the causes and effects of online abuse. “I believe bullying is a true mental health crisis,” she said. “It is a mental health incident whether you’re on the victim’s side or the bully’s side, because oftentimes we find that it is hurt people who hurt other people. And it also affects everyone who’s seeing that kind of behaviour.”

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