Why should we be concerned about bullying? Because our children are dying! It is sad when you read that a student has completed her suicide attempt because of bullying, and that the bullies are posting hateful comments after her death. Let's look into this a bit more, OK?
Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength and is typically repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms, such as:
Hitting, kicking, shoving and other physical kinds of bullying.
Taunting, teasing, name calling.
Spreading rumors about others.
Excluding or ignoring others in a mean way.
Taking money or belongings.
Sending mean e-mails or notes.
Bullying seriously affects the mental health, academic work and physical health of children who are targeted. Those who are bullied are more likely than other children to be depressed, anxious, have low self-esteem, report feeling ill and think about suicide.
The bullies are more likely to be involved in disruptive, harmful behaviors including fighting, vandalism, truancy and carrying weapons. Bullying is a form of abuse, and it's wrong!
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. It now has a website, www.mhrsbssw.org, and a link to our Facebook page. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The board's hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 826-1306.