When Mix 102.3 Breakfast Show hosts Jodie & Soda heard Sam’s story, they knew they wanted to help him and share his touching and emotional story about bullying, how it can be life threatening and how you can come out the other side.
When the Adelaide breakfast hosts met Alex and her 14 year old son Sam, Alex explained that while cleaning her sons room two days before his 13th birthday she found a suicide note. “I didn’t know how to handle it. I just didn’t know how to talk to Sam about it. I didn’t want Sam on his own. I was so confused and upset and hurt that he was feeling this way.”
After some advice from friends who work in mental health, Alex got in touch with mental health service Headspace who helped her to speak to Sam about the note.
Alex explains it was then that she found out the extent to which Sam was being bullied at school, which included physical violence.
While it has been a tough 15 months, Alex said things were getting better and she had a message for children, teenagers and their families. “I just want other children to know it’s OK to talk to their parents. If not parents, aunties or uncles, there’s a lot of people out there who do care and they’re not alone.”
Alex said that Sam had recently discovered a love of four-wheel driving in sand dunes. “He came home with a completely different attitude. He was happy, bubbly, he’s like ‘when are we going next’.”
But going again was a problem as Alex hasn’t been able to get their car repaired to hit the sand dunes again.
That’s when Jodie & Soda revealed to Alex and Sam that Auto Masters in Adelaide would repair the car for him to get him back on the sand dunes.
And Discovery Holiday parks and the G’Day Group have organised for a fun getaway for Sam and his mum including a five-day pass to Loveday 4×4 Adventure Park in Barmera, and a hot lap for Sam in a race buggy with Toby Whateley, Australia’s fastest Can-Am driver.