Unfortunately, many young people are victims of bullying. This can be a written, verbal or physical act that is threatening, intimidating or abusive. Often bullying is repeatedly carried out by one student toward another and causes emotional or physical harm. This behavior can also occur online through videos, blogs and social media. If you or someone you know is being bullied, contact your school counselor or a trusted adult right away or seek help from another local resource.
Bullying is a serious problem and should be addressed immediately. Prevention is always the best solution, but if you find that a child is in crisis, there are resources available to help. Remember, if a crime has been committed or if someone is in immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, here are some important next steps, resources and options to consider.
Anyone who is being bullied can reach out using one of the hotline numbers below for immediate help. Intake specialists are available 24 hours a day for confidential support.
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 988 or call (330) 452-6000
Crisis Text Line
Text 4hope to 741-741
Trevor Project (for LGBTQ+ youth)
1 (866) 488-7386
Contact your local school counseling department if you or someone you know is being bullied at school.
The following are common signs that a young person might be a victim of bullying:
The following recommendations can help you take steps to stop bullying in your school or community. Of course, please do not do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or puts you in danger. There are plenty of safe and confidential ways to report your concerns:
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