Jake Miller may not be everybody’s taste, but the reason why I listen to so many of his songs repeatedly are their messages. ‘Steven’ tells the story of a boy who is alone in the world: he’s bullied by his school friends, ignored by his mother, beaten by his stepfather, and set a bad example by his brother. He has no outlet and has nobody to talk to. This isn’t a story with a happy ending, and although I am a strong believer in positivity (and thats what I base my thoughts and messages on), I think it’s important to raise awareness for some of the darker things in life. The danger about bullying or treating someone badly is that you can never know what is going on in other parts of their life, you can never know how far your words and actions go, whether they only prick the heart or whether something new, something darker begins to grow inside them. They begin to believe what you say, they believe that they’re not worth anything. They feel like there is no way out. And I find it to be so tragic and so heartbreaking that a child or an adult would feel that the only solution to their problems is suicide. We need to be more aware of what we are putting out into the world and what we are feeding to other people. We need realise that our words and actions have consequences, some so drastic that I think some people believe them to be unimaginable. I think we have a responsibility to teach our younger generations and set an example: bullying is never ok, not at school, not in the workplace, not in the street, or within families. Bullying is never ok.