October is National Bullying Prevention Month!
Image courtesy of Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center.
Bullying is an everyday occurence that happens in schools, the workforce, in community activites, and on the internet. It's all around us and it affects everyone, regardless of age, demographic, or social status. This month, Aurora is commited to bringing awareness to the national conversation of bullying prevention and will be providing resources and campaign updates across our social media platforms. Follow us on social media @aurorabehavioralhealthAZ to stay informed all month long.
According to Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center:
- More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied.
- Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression.
- Students who experience bullying are twice as likely as non-bullied peers to experience negative health effects such as headaches and stomachaches.
- The percentages of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetimes have nearly doubled (18% to 34%) from 2007-2016.
- Only 40–50% of cyberbullying targets are aware of the identity of the perpetrator.
- A meta-analysis found that students facing peer victimization are 2.2 times more likely to have suicide ideation and 2.6 times more likely to attempt suicide than students not facing victimization.
What can you do to help?
- Say something. Intervening on bullying in the moment to support a peer can help deter future bullying behaviors.
- Offer support and check in regularly when you know someone has had experiences with bullying.
- Be available for conversation.
- Respond with intentional acts of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
- Encourage and promote bullying prevention conversation in your school and community.
- Educate others about signs of bullying and cyber-bullying.
What can youth do?
Understand how bullying is defined:
- A person being hurt, harmed, or humiliated with words or behavior.
- The behavior is repeated or there is concerned it will be repeated.
- The behavior is being done intentionally.
- The person being hurt has a hard time stopping or preventing the behavior.
- The hurtful behavior is carried out by those who have more power (being bigger, stronger, higher social status, or are being targeted by a group of people).
Looking for resources?
Check out these organizations to learn more about how you can make a difference in your community.