A year after his son took his own life, Allan Hubley says the family continues to push forward with suicide prevention work in Jamie Hubley's memory.
"It's been a difficult year. … I'd love to have my boy back," Hubley told CBC News Sunday, a year after 15-year-old Jamie Hubley's suicide. "But we got through this year, and we think that some good things have come out of our tragedy, that people are more aware of bullying and youth mental health issues."
Those issues have motivated MP Dany Morin to introduce a motion calling for the creation of an all-party commitee to study and establish guidelines against bullying.
The motion comes on the heels of the death of Amanda Todd in Vancouver. She also took her own life after being bullied.
Hubley says funding, not more studies, is needed
But Hubley said the government needs to focus its efforts and money on where help is needed most, not on committees.
"With all due respect, I think we have enough studies, I think we have a definition on bullying … our governments have a lot of information available to them on bullying," Hubley said. "I don't think we need more information. … We can't wait a year for action. What we need is action now. If there's money available we should find a way to get that into the frontline troops," including the Youth Services Bureau.
"We can't rely on parents to be able to watch their children every moment of the day, we can't rely on teachers to be the only ones policing the hallways of the schools and the washrooms, and you can't always have your best friend beside you," he said.
"You have a kid in crisis, you don't want to wait six hours. You want help now."
Before he died, Jamie Hubley wanted to create an anti-bullying group at his school.
His family continues that effort.
"Do something yourself to stop bullying. Don't wait for someone else to step up and do it. Do it yourself, talk to your friends, your family about what can we do to stop it," Allan Hubley said.