Please know that even though it may feel like it, you are never alone. There are a number of resources for those experiencing bullying or suicidal thoughts. Call 800-273-TALK (8255) for counseling 24/7, and the Greater Prince William Community Health Center offers mental health services on a sliding fee scale. The chart below, adapted from StopBullying.gov, offers more resources for helping yourself or others. Also, see recommendations on coping with bullying from BullyBust–remember, it is never your fault, and nobody deserves to be treated that way! The Bully Project also offers ways that educators, parents, students and “upstanders” can all work to combat bullying.
||What you can do…|
|There has been a crime or someone is at immediate risk of harm.||Call 911; then get adult help if nearby.|
|Someone is feeling hopeless, helpless, thinking of suicide.||Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online or at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), for the nearest 24-hour crisis center in a national network offering counseling and mental health referrals. You can also alert school guidance counselors.|
|Someone is acting differently than normal, such as always seeming sad or anxious, struggling to complete tasks, or not being able care for themselves.||Students, talk to a trusted adult, such as parent or school counselor. Parents, find a local counselor or other mental health services.
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|A child is being bullied in school.
Students, see tips for being an ally to those experiencing bullying behavior.
|The school is not adequately addressing harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion.||Contact:|