If you are facing any kind of stress, harassment or feelings of hopelessness, don’t wait another moment to reach out for help. Here are some great organizations that can help you now: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), The Trevor Project (1-866-488-7386), Trans Lifeline (1-877-565-8860) and the Jed Foundation (1-800-273-TALK(8255))
Mental Health Resources
Feeling alone? Need help? Are you thinking about hurting yourself?
Decide to give it another day and call the Trevor Project at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or Text START to 678-678
Decide to give it another day and call the National Suicide Prevention Center at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Someone will answer who can talk to you confidentially.
Please reach out because you matter. You are a valuable, loved and precious person. If you feel like you’re running out of options, sad or isolated because of bullying, harassment or humiliation, you are not alone.
The Jed Foundation is the nation’s leading organization that works to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.
Talking About Suicide and LGBT Populations provides detailed recommendations for more safely discussing suicide in public conversations and social media, while at the same time expanding public conversations about the well-being of LGBT people, promoting the need for family support and acceptance, and encouraging LGBT people who may be contemplating suicide to seek help.
The National Foundation for Suicide Prevention was created to raise awareness, offer support, fund research and call for action in regard to advancing a national response to the problem of suicide.
For more information about Bullying and Suicide visit SAMHSA.gov (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration): “It is potentially harmful to suggest that bullying frequently leads to suicide when, in fact, the connection between bullying and suicide is very complex.”
Follow Learn Psychology has a page dedicated to bullying awareness and prevention that provides expert information on what bullying is, how it impacts people, and where victims can go to get help.
A drug and alcohol abuse hotline aims to help individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol and provide them with information related to addiction and treatment. These hotlines are confidential, free, and exist to help those suffering from addiction even if they feel hopeless about recovery. The page also provides community-specific hotlines for veterans, the LGBTQ community, sexual assault victims, and domestic violence. Besides that, it talks about what kind of questions a drug hotline might ask and what you can expect from calling a hotline, among other things.
Take the Upstander Pledge
Make a commitment to speak out against bullying, then print it out and hang the Pledge on your wall!
These additional programs and partners are invaluable resources to learn about bullying or assess your own environment’s capacity to prevent bullying. The first step to making the world a better place and prevent the hostility that fosters bullying begins with you, and the Tyler Clementi Foundation wants you to have those tools. Please review them and if you have any additional suggestions for resources, please contact us and share them.
Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students from Teaching Tolerance – a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center – is an incredible guide on how to talk openly about social inequality and discrimination. Learn how to communicate about such topics as white privilege, police violence, economic inequality, and mass incarceration with skills and courage. An incredible guide for educators, parents and youth alike!
The Family Acceptance Project offers a free, downloadable book for families: Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children. These booklets are available in English, Spanish and Chinese and include family stories that research has shown to be related to self-esteem and positive development. An amazing resource for every parent, and the best part: did we mention it’s a free download?!
Bystander Revolution is a crowd-sourced collection of simple things you can do to take the power out of bullying.
Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. Help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community. For more information, visit StopBullying.gov
The Accredited Schools Online Bullying Awareness Guidebook contains great information for educators and parents, including answers to your frequently asked questions about bullying, and feedback from the leading bullying experts!
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- My Child is Being Bullied: Resources for Parents and Educators
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I’m Being Bullied: Resources for Resolution
Share Your Story
Tell your story about bullying and let the world know standing up starts now.
Are you in an environment that is hostile? Are other people or another person targeting you or a part of your identity for malicious behavior? If you feel in immediate danger, please contact someone in a position of authority immediately. If you are looking for organizations suggested by the Tyler Clementi Foundation to assist you in finding a resolution, please find that list below:
Visit DoSomething.org to hear well-known figures and celebrities share their Upstander stories. Everyone has been impacted by bullying, and these testimonials will inspire you that you are not alone and you will get through it!
Champions Against Bullying is committed to creating a society where every child has the opportunity to develop, learn and thrive in an environment without fear, without violence and without limitation.
#NoMeanGirls Campaign is dedicated to stopping psychological violence. Don’t be a mean girl. Use your superpowers for good!
Check out the Anti-Defamation League’s Bullying Toolkit to learn more about your rights and resources for online and offline bullying. You can also track all state bullying prevention statutes in this ADL spreadsheet.
My Child is Being Bullied: Resources for Parents and Educators
Start on #Day1
Bring your classroom or community together to stand against bullying.
One of parenting’s biggest challenges is to know your child is being bullied or could be bullied and feel powerless to stop it. The Tyler Clementi Foundation wants to ensure parents have the tools to facilitate safety and security for their children, and in addition to our #Day1 Campaign, we suggest these following organizations and resources. If you have any additional suggestions for resources, please contact us and share them.
End to Cyberbullying is a non-profit organization, designed to combat cyberbullying in this modern age.
BullyBust – promoting a Community of Upstanders is a nationwide bully prevention campaign that supports students and adults to be Upstanders.
NoBully is an evidence-based program that leverages student empathy to stop bullying and cyberbullying.
Kidpower teaches child protection and personal safety skills to adults and children to prevent bullying, abuse, abduction and other violence in 16 different countries worldwide.
Serendipitydodah for Moms is a private Facebook group created as an extension of the Serendipitydodah blog. The group is secret so that only members can find it or see what is posted in the group. Contact Liz Dyer for access to the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.