Several different sources have pointed me to comedian Rick Mercer‘s powerful rant this week about bullying, which was inspired by the recent suicide of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley.

As a mother, I can only begin to imagine the heartbreak Jamie’s family is going through. And while I can’t understand the depth of despair that would make anyone think dying is better than living, I can see how saying “It gets better” is a slim lifeline when bullies make your life a living hell. As Rick says, we have to make it better now.

Is getting the hashtag #NoMoreBullies trending on Twitter any use? Is blogging about it? I don’t know, but it can’t hurt awareness, can it?