CWC addresses bullying
September 16, 2013
Local leaders in healthcare, law enforcement, education, and social services have come together to form a Community Wellness Collaborative (CWC) designed to encourage wellness through improved mental health.
"Now that students are back in school it's important to understand the roles we all play in bullying - as parents, educators, community members and students," says Pam Williams, MVHC CEO and CWC board member. "The National Education Association and the U.S. Department of Justice estimate that 160,000 children miss school each day to avoid attacks or threats from fellow students. This is a trend that must be stopped."
Bullying is one of the most common forms of violence in schools. The depression and anxiety experienced by kids who are targets of bullying can have far-reaching effects, well into adulthood.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, kids who bully use their power, such as physical strength, access to embarassing information, or their popularity to control or harm others. Bullying includes actions such as repeated teasing, name calling, making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and exclusion.
"Be More Than a Bystander is a phrase used to encourage students who witness bullying to be a part of the solution by reporting the behavior to a teacher or another person in authority," Williams says.