No matter what age your child is, where you live, or how big their school is, bullying is a major issue. Whether your kids have dealt with it directly or are lending support to a friend who’s experiencing the problem, there are plenty of resources out there to help students cope. Here are some organizations worth looking into if your child is dealing with bullying:
The Trevor Project
The organization provides support to LGBTQ youth over the phone, online, and through a text message service. There are also events that happen in select cities.
The program was started by Lauren Paul (wife of Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul) and Molly Thompson, who both dealt with bullying when they were growing up. They tour around the country talking about the impact that bullying has. The group is committed to stopping “girl on girl” hate. Sign up to have them come to your school. You can also join the forum where you can share your story about bullying, apologize to someone you might have hurt, or take the pledge to end bullying.
Born This Way Foundation
Created by Lady Gaga, the group promotes and celebrates individuality. Join an online community where you can get support, and find tools to help you feel more confident as you embrace who you truly are.
Stomp Out Bullying
The leading nonprofit dedicated to ending bullying across the nation, Stomp Out Bullying is focused on putting a stop to in-person harassment, as well as cyber bullying. The organization provides support for those who are dealing with bullying, and raises awareness through in-school peer mentoring programs. It’s got a number of celebrity spokespeople working to spread its message.
Whether your student is currently dealing with bullying and you need resources to help them through it, or you want to help them serve as an anti-bullying advocate, these organizations are tremendously useful. Check them out and get involved today.
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.