For the last 10 years, October has been designated as Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. As this important month draws to a close, I wanted to write a quick post with some information and links for those in need, as well as some thought provoking questions related to this topic.
I have seen the traumatic consequences that can result of bullying - anxiety, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), depression, suicide attempts, and more. As a therapist, I am committed to doing everything I can to offer support to those who are unfortunate victims of bullying. In addition, it is of critical importance that prevention and awareness be addressed, as well.
I have long supported efforts like The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org) and It Gets Better (www.itgetsbetter.org) - two wonderful organizations that aim to prevent mental health crises (like suicide) by offering support and resources to those in need. Knowing there are others out there who may be in a similar circumstance can be incredibly helpful, which is a core belief of both of these organizations.
The National Bullying Prevention Center has a similar program called You're Not Alone (http://www.pacer.org/bullying/yourenotalone/). Their website states the purpose is:
"Creating communities that are together against bullying - and united to provide kindness, support and hope for those who have experienced bullying, through conversation, education, and inspiration."
Visit their website for information on how to be there for someone who has been bullied/is being bullied, inspiring messages from others, and printable resources to use at home and in the classroom. Therapy can be a beneficial way for children, adolescents, and adults to begin to heal from the hurt and trauma of being bullied. The You're Not Alone website states, "Kindness, support, and hope are things everyone can give."
Remember, you are not alone and it gets better.