7 June 2013

Bullying in Canada

We are hearing too many stories about youth and young people taking their own lives because they were bullied to their breaking points. We hear about a lot of bullying prevention and outreach initiatives, but the stories of hurt continue to emerge.

Laureen Harper, Prime Minister Harper’s wife, and Heritage Minister James Moore helped launch a new anti-bullying program from the Red Cross this week called “Beyond the Hurt”. Bullying has become an increasingly important topic of discussion, both in mental health circles and in the wider community. A CBC The 180 show today talked about bullying prevention campaigns and the struggle to find a strategy that works in the long term.

We want to know what you think. What would work best to minimize, and ideally eliminate, bullying in schools and our communities?

Youth: How has bullying been addressed in your lives? What programs have been put forward in your schools and communities to target bullying? Are they effective? What would you do if you were responsible for putting a program together?

Let’s keep the conversation going. Youth need to be the voices of these initiatives. In order to create a bullying prevention program that works and will last, youth need to tell policy makers what is important to them.

If you are having a problem with a bully, please speak to an adult you trust. Teachers, parents and other family members, counsellors, coaches, and youth workers are all good options. When in doubt, call the Kids Help Phone at 1(800) 668-6868 and/or check out their website for help with bullies at http://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/InfoBooth/Bullying.aspx.

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