HELP NUMBERS, & Helpful Web Sites
Disclaimer: Online information found here is made available so that individuals may find out whether consultation with a counselor or doctor may be helpful. This is a help site and is not intended to provide treatment, diagnosis, or consultation. This information does not replace the advice of a doctor.
Children, after all, learn from what they see us do, rather than from what we say. When adults do not intervene, bullies may feel there is nothing wrong with their actions. Targets may feel they deserve the bullying.
Adults can intervene effectively to reduce bullying. The first step is to identify bullying. It includes:
--Physical bullying: hitting, kicking, pushing, choking, and punching
--Verbal bullying: threatening, taunting, teasing, starting rumors, hate speech.
--Exclusion from activities: This does not mean that a child should not have the right to choose to play, or not to play, with another child; it does mean that children should not be allowed to systematically exclude others: "No one play with Mary;" "No one wants to play with him;" "Don't be her friend."
*”Identifying Bullying”; Stan Davis. www.stopbullyingnow.com/identify.htm
--School Related Issues—Contact Building Principal
--Non-school Related Bullying contact the Police
--Family physician or local/area clinic--Mental Health Center of North Iowa— 641-424-2075, 1-800-700-4692
--Family services, social agencies, or clergy
--Check the phone book under “mental health”, “health”, “social services”, “hotlines” or “physicians” for phone numbers and addresses.
An emergency room doctor also can provide temporary help and can tell you where and how to get further help.
FOR AFTER HOURS HELP CALL:
24 Hours Daily—Confidential--Free
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Teen Help Line: 1-800-443-8336
Teen Help Line is not a crisis or “hotline”. The line provides health information & referral services for Iowa teens.
If you are thinking of harming yourself or know someone who is, tell someone who can help immediately.
--Call your doctor.
--Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room to get immediate help or ask a friend or family member to help you do these things.
--Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline number for the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
--Make sure you or the suicidal person is not left alone.
Helpful Links for More Information On Bullying
Scroll down the page to find sites with more information.
Mental Health America
Focus Adolescent Services
Disney Family Parenting
Disney Family Parenting: Cyber-bullying
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center