National Bullying Prevention Month
Did you know that youth who are bullied can struggle with depression, anxiety, and decreased academic achievement? Or that youth who bully others often abuse alcohol and other drugs? According to StopBullying.gov, victims of bullying are also more likely to drop out of school, engage in risky sexual activity, and be abusive towards their intimate partners or children as adults. Even teen bystanders who witness bullying can struggle with negative health consequences, including increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Find out ways that you can get involved and help put a stop to bullying.
- Show your support and spread the word by participating in PACER’s list of activities, such as ordering the official “Create a World Without Bullying” t-shirt, adding your name to the digital pledge, contacting public lawmakers, and sharing resources on your social media platforms.
- Help stop bullying in its tracks. Stopbullying.gov provides a list of trainings and resources to help community members, including teachers, bus drivers, and youth providers, lead bullying prevention efforts and plan events in their local communities.
- Download KnowBullying, the free bullying prevention mobile app from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This app provides parents, caregivers, educators, and youth providers with warning signs and tips for preventing bullying.
- Visit the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports technical assistance center to find more information and training about creating safe and supportive environments for youth.
- According to the CDC, LGBTQ+ youth may be at increased risk for experiencing bullying. Review our infographic on How to Be an Ally to the LGBTQ+ Community.
This month, you can help put a stop to bullying!