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Raise Awareness for Bullying Prevention at your Club

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. It’s not too late to raise awareness at your Club. With nearly 30% of adolescents in the U.S. reporting some experience with bullying, educating your staff and Club members and their families about the impact of bullying is becoming increasingly more important. To fully understand the problems associated with bullying, read this infographic from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): http://1.usa.gov/12NGWZk.

In partnership with StopBullying.gov, HHS has also launched several exciting activities for Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, including:

  • Youth Engagement Event: Across the country, youth are encouraged to talk about bullying by organizing bullying prevention social and education events through youth organizations in their communities. Youth can report back on these activities through the Stop Bullying Tumblr page.
  • Media Guidelines for Bullying Prevention: Media coverage of social issues can have a widespread impact on how communities understand and address problems. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed media guidelines conveniently located in the newsroom of stopbullying.gov. This guidance offers help to journalists, bloggers, and others to engage in responsible reporting on this important topic.
  • Bullying Prevention Training Center: This revamped section of stopbullying.gov provides a one-stop-shop for training materials for educators and community leaders. These new materials, developed by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are available in the training section on stopbullying.gov.
  • Dear Colleague Letter:The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague letter that provides an overview of school districts’ responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to address bullying of students with disabilities.

Stay up to date on the latest bullying prevention resources by signing up for e-mail updates from stopbullying.gov at http://bit.ly/yDPzuT. Or join the conversation by going to the StopBullying.gov Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StopBullying.Gov.