How is their mental health being affected?
How is their education being affected?
What can we do to help?
Schools should offer a safe and respectful learning environment for everyone. When bullying is allowed to take place, it affects everyone. For every GLBT youth who reported being targeted for anti-gay harassment, four heterosexual youth reported harassment or violence for being perceived as gay or lesbian. Also, we know that bullying was a contributing factor in the Columbine shootings and other school violence. Students, teachers, and school administrators who look the other way are contributing to the problem. In contrast, kids who said that they had a supportive faculty or openly gay staff member were more likely to feel as if they belong in their school.
Help end bullying at your school with the following actions:
For more information, contact your local mental health association or the National Mental Health Association at (800) 969-NMHA (6642).
National Association of School Psychologists www.nasponline.org
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry www.aacap.org
American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org
American Psychological Association www.apa.org
American School Counselor Association www.schoolcounselor.org
Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists www.aglp.org
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network www.glsen.org
Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org
Human Rights Watch www.hrw.org
National Education Association www.nea.org
National Youth Advocacy Coalition www.nyacyouth.org
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays www.pflag.org