The Florida Institute for Child Welfare seeks to promote safety, permanency, and well-being among the children and families of Florida that are involved with the child welfare system.
National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, an advocacy group for children, youth, and young adults with disabilities and their families. Historically, bullying has been considered as “a childhood rite of passage” that “made kids tougher,” but the reality remains that bullying can leave devastating and often long-term effects, such as a loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression for those involved. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines bullying as: “...any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths who are not siblings or current dating partners that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated.” The purpose of National Bullying Prevention Month is to transform a society that accepts bullying into one that recognizes that bullying must—and can— be addressed through education and support.
Click here for this month's infographic from the Institute, higlighting numerous affiliates with expertise in child and adolescent mental health. We will be sharing additional evidence-based resources on our social media pages this month, so be sure to follow along!