A local teen is taking a stand against bullying.
Fort Saskatchewan resident Bailey Dunbar, 17, received the Young Leader Award at the Momentum Walk-In Counselling Mental Health Awards in Edmonton on May 10.
She was nominated by two people from the Edmonton Mental Health Awareness Committee (EMHAC).
“Back in 2014, I lost my identical twin sister to suicide, so my family and I started this non-profit memorial society called Morgan’s Mission where we would raise funds for suicide prevention, any mental health awareness and bullying prevention,” explained Dunbar.
The family donates funds to charities they believe will benefit from it.
Since the age of 13, Dunbar has been telling her story . Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression herself, Dunbar would like this generation of kids to know about the effects bullying has on a person.
“There’s been a lot of suicides in this world and a lot of people haven’t realized that bullying is not okay. And how many suicides does it take to realize that?” she said. “I just want a lot of people to know it’s not okay to be bullying someone based on what they like, or what they look like or how they act and just honestly have an open mind and an open heart to everyone and everything.”
Dunbar thanked Wendy and Jennifer from EMHAC for accepting the award on her behalf. She is expected to pick up the award by Friday (May 25).