Bullying Awareness and Prevention

What is bullying?

Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Typically, it is repeated over time. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying can take many forms, such as:

  • Hitting or punching (physical bullying).

  • Teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying).

  • Intimidation using gestures or social exclusion (nonverbal bullying or emotional bullying).

  • Sending insulting messages by email (cyberbullying).

More information can be found at the KSDE website.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Once you acknowledge that suicide is as much a risk for your child as not wearing a seat belt while driving or using alcohol or drugs or engaging in risky sexual behavior, you’ve taken the first step in prevention. You talk to your children about these other behaviors which can put them at personal risk, and suicide is no different. It’s something you CAN and SHOULD talk about with your children.

Source: Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Kansas Suicide and Prevention, Response and Postvention Toolkit

More information can be found at the KSDE website.

If you or someone you love is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit Get Help Now to learn about the lifeline, how it works, and how you can get support right now.