I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING & SUICIDE was founded in 2016 and received its 5013C status as a nonprofit organization in 2018; our primary focus age groups are the youth and young adults dealing with bullying, suicide, and other mental health issues. Our team was created as a community for individuals going through similar difficulties.
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I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING & SUICIDE was founded in 2016 and received its 5013C status as a nonprofit organization in 2018; our primary focus age groups are the youth and young adults dealing with bullying, suicide, and other mental health issues. Our team was created as a community for individuals going through similar difficulties. Everything we do is founded on our core belief that no one should ever feel alone. We all have life's journey, but the path shouldn't be lonely. Our commitment is to provide a safe space for sharing, listening, learning, and supporting each other.
We believe in involving our youth in various programs to make them feel "visible" and have a voice in our communities! We believe everyone has a "VOICE."; we believe that everyone is "SOMEBODY" We do not discriminate against any disabilities, gender, ethnicity, economic status, beliefs, or religious preference.
Meet Visionary/Executive Director: Sharon Kaye Edwards
Mrs. Sharon Kaye Edwards is the visionary and Executive Director of the non-profit organization; I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING AND SUICIDE and the CEO of SKE PUBLISHING. She enrolled in Fisk University in 2020 to major in Human Development Leadership and was inducted into the PHI ETA SIGMA National Honor Society.
Please read her full story below concerning her battle with mental illness at age seven.
At seven, unfortunately, Mrs. Edwards lost her brother to a tragic car accident. Because devastation at such a young age caused her to cry and be sad constantly, she called every day at school. Mrs. Edwards had to deal with the children laughing at her and making fun of her tears! None seemed to understand what she was going through, not even her family. They did not realize her pain level; she began to want to disappear and be "INVISIBLE." Later in school, she was bullied due to her curly hair, which again left Mrs. Edwards devasted; however, the bullying caused her to have an eating disorder and other mental issues that lasted well into her adult years. Eventually, Mrs. Edwards sought spiritual and natural help and now spreads her experiences through newspapers, magazines, podcasts, and television articles to let youth know they are not alone, and that help is available.
WHEN THE JOURNEY BEGAN
In 2012, Mrs. Edwards's heart was touched when she heard of a 12-year-old youth in a neighboring county committing suicide due to bullying. Later that year, on March 12, 2012, she partnered with Crissy Collins from the plays and movies of Tyler Perry to put on a charity Gospel Concert to bring awareness to bullying and suicide. As a result, Mrs. Edwards, in 2013, joined the anti-bullying tour with the Georgia School System. Her published story appeared in a magazine called "It's My Hair" in Atlanta, GA.
MOVING FORWARD WITH BRINGING AWARENESS TO BULLYING AND SUICIDE
I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING, AND SUICIDE non-profit was birthed in 2018. Mrs. Edwards has used this platform to bring awareness to both Bullying and Suicide and share her story of suffering from mental illness and depression at a young age with ten of thousands of children and young adults in the school systems in Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. Mrs. Edwards, since 2016 has conducted Bullying and Suicide Awareness and Empowerment Workshops at the Montogomery County Juvenile Justice Conference held at APSU. In addition, she has spoken about Mental Illness and Leadership to college students at Queen City Beauty College In Clarksville, TN, and Vanderbilt University located in Nashville, TN. Mrs. Edwards has also been interviewed for television, newspapers, podcasts, and online shows to discuss her story about mental illness.
I'm Invisible Short-Film
I AM INVISIBLE Bullying & Suicide Short-Film was featured at the SEAS Awards in 2016 in Tunica, MS. The film was co-written by Executive Director Sharon Kaye Edwards and Professor Seymour Hagans of Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee. The student cast consisted of students in our CMCSS in Clarksville, TN. The film has been previously used in the school system as a training and teaching tool for the staff and the transportation department to bring awareness of bullying and suicide.
I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING AND SUICIDE has researched, attended training, and partnered with several mental health organizations, practices, and professionals to bring awareness to the community concerning bullying and suicide.
Youth On the Move! Community Outreach
Shoulders To Lean On
What tweens and teens learn in youth programs can help them develop better social skills, become leaders, gain greater knowledge of themselves, and foster lifelong relationships.
Research through the nonprofit America’s Promise suggests that 5 Promises change kid’s lives: 1) Caring adults, 2) Safe places, 3) A healthy start, 4) Effective education, and 5) Opportunities to help others. Youth programs play an important role in keeping these promises to our kids.
Miss Lauren Edwards was one of our youth who was a part of I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING AND SUICIDE while in high school; at that time, she felt she just didn't fit in! However, she modeled in our first "BE YOU TALENT FASHION SHOW " and featured in our short film; I'm Invisible (listed above). Hear her follow-up interview (below) about what's happening in her life four years later!