1. Forms of bullying: Physical – any violence or property damage or stealing Verbal – teasing, name calling, spreading rumors Emotional – acting a certain way to hurt another person’s feelings like embarrassing someone Meredith Farmer “My biggest fear” December Cyber – texts, instant messages, and 13, 2006 via Flickr CC BY NC ND social networks are used to offend, embarrass, or threaten someone
2. Imagine if Hollister brand clothing wasn’t considered cool. Would you still like it? Would you still wear it? Probably not because you know you would get teased for it. Now what about the people that have the guts to wear what they like. Should they really be punished for expressing themselves? Isai Zepeda “Hollister.” July 12, 2009 by Isas Photography via Flickr CC BY NC SA
3. Statistics: 2.7 million students are being bullied each year 2.1 million students are bullies 160,00 kids (15%) who miss school every day say it’s because they fear of being bullied Cyber bullying has increased more than any other type of bullying due to social networking sites like Facebook Half of the suicides among teens are related to bullying
4. The Golden Rule: treat others how you want to be treated. Ask friends to help defend you and offer emotional support. Ignoring bullies doesn’t always work, so just don’t show them that you’re scared. Confront them in a confident tone and with assertive body language. Don’t bully back. Don’t take a long time to act, get help the minute you are being bullied. If you see someone else being bullied, tell the bully to stop in the same way if you were being bullied. Get other friends involved too; there’s power in numbers.
5. LGBT stands for “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender”. Forms of LGBT Hate: Saying “that’s so gay” meaning that something is stupid or uncool. Bullying someone because they are not straight. (What do you know, there’s that bullying issue again…) Threatening someone or being violent to someone who is LGBT. Mktp “Rainbow Flag” May 30, 2009 via Flickr CC BY NC SA
6. Imagine that instead of the term “that’s so gay” being popular, “that’s so straight” was a popular term to describe something negatively. If you’re straight, how would you feel if someone said that? Now (if you’re straight) imagine if you were gay. Think of everything you’d have to go through just to be who you are. Coming out, telling your parents and friends, dealing with bullies, finding a partner and wanting to get married. How would you feel if you were hated and discriminated against just for who you’re naturally attracted to?Mktp “Sous le même drapeau” May 30, 2009 via Flickr CC BY NC SA
7. Statistics: LGBT teens are 2-3 times more likely to commit suicide than straight teens. 4 out of 5 gay kids believe they have no adults at school that would help them. 28% of gays drop out of school, which is over 3 times the national average of straight students.
8. Instead of saying “that’s so gay” say “that’s lame”. If you hear someone say “that’s so gay”, politely ask them to not say it because it’s offensive. Offensive things you shouldn’t say to gay people: It’s a choice It’s a sin/It’s against God/You’ll go to hell It’s unnatural You can’t reproduce that way Instead of fighting back, try to discuss your differences rationally.
9. Statistics: About 121 million people in the world suffer from depression; 18 million in the USA. 20% of teens will suffer from depression at some point before they become an adult. Depression that goes untreated often results in self- injury, addiction, or even suicide. Each year, about 1 million people die from suicide. Suicide is one of the top 3 leading cause of death in people ages 15-44. Suicide among young adults is increasing the fastest
10. Warning Signs & Symptoms: Unusual irritability Fatigue Difficulty with sleeping Hopelessness or pessimism Unusually low self-esteem Hard time concentrating or remembering Loss of interest in pleasurable activities Thoughts of death or suicide Photo: Sander van der Wel “Depressed” May 29, 2010 via Flickr CC BY SA
11. Warning Signs & Symptoms: Talking about suicide Feeling hopeless and helpless Self-hatred Saying goodbye Isolating themselves Reckless behavior Uncommon fascination with death or violence Trying to obtain objects used for suicide Sudden happiness after being depressed Decided to commit suicide Photo: shattered.art66 “Depression” March 20, 2009 via Flickr CC BY ND
12. Helping a Relative or Friend with Depression: Try not to take their symptoms personally Don’t ignore it; talk to them about it and get help for them Don’t think “It’ll get better by itself” You cannot make someone else’s depression go away Listen to them the right way – don’t judge or argue Suicide Prevention: Talk to the person you’re worried about Be careful about what you say and how you say it Get help for them from a professional Act immediately if the suicidal risk is severe Don’t leave the person alone Get rid of all lethal objects that could be used in a suicide