October 1, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bailey Huston
[email protected] | 952-838-9000
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Minneapolis: In 2006, PACER Center started a groundbreaking movement to raise awareness about the devastating and often long-term effects that bullying can cause. The result was PACER initiating National Bullying Prevention Month in October, a worldwide campaign to unite individuals in support of bullying prevention.
National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, community members, major corporations, and celebrities, and is a fantastic opportunity to encourage everyone to act with kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
One out of every five students reports being bullied each year—students affected by bullying are at greater risk for both mental health and behavioral problems. They often experience poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers age-appropriate resources for students, parents, educators, administrators, and community members to help them address bullying. Opportunities to get involved include:
- Purchase the official “Choose Kindness, Acceptance, & Inclusion” t-shirt, available through the end of October
- Order the National Bullying Prevention Month 5-poster series to display around school, in the community, or for a club or organization event
- Register your school or organization as a Champion Against Bullying
- Visit the new, interactive Include Someone, Make A Difference website—from PACER and Cartoon Network—to find educator guides, student examples, and the official Include Someone Kit, with materials for up to 50 elementary students to encourage inclusive acts
- Organize an event for Unity Day on Wed., October 23, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month with a simple call to action to wear and share the color to send a supportive, universal message that bullying is never acceptable behavior