October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
Be the change!
One out of every four students reports being bullied during the school year. Bullying’s effects include poor school performance, sleep difficulties, behavioral problems, and depression. Types of bullying include physical bullying, emotional bullying, and also cyberbullying. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, the percentage of students who have experienced cyberbullying has nearly doubled (18% to 34%) from 2007-2016.
It is important that parents keep the lines of communication open with their children and talk about bullying. To acknowledge the mission of stopping bullying, the Behavioral Health Division will be presenting a workshop to parents of middle school aged children on November 7th at 6 p.m. at the Prairie Trails Library. Please join us! Be the change!
We provide individual, family, and couples therapy. Call 708-237-8918 to schedule an intake appointment.
The Behavioral Health Division Is An Ally Of LGBTQ Identified Individuals
In one national survey, LGBT adults reported higher rates of discrimination compared to heterosexuals. This is one of the most understood causes of minority stress. The level of victimization and discrimination impacts both mental and physical health.
For example, one study showed an increased suicide risk, and another showed higher risks for some types of cancer.
LGBTQ youth are also exposed to many minority stressors, such as harassment and discrimination. The result is a strong risk factor for suicide and suicide attempts. Studies have found high rates of victimization among LGBTQ youth. In one nationwide survey, 84.6 percent of LGBTQ youth reported verbal harassment and 40 percent reported physical harassment. This can result in an increase in mental health problems.
Combating homophobic attitudes is the key to protecting LGBTQ youth. In addition, studies have also concluded that family acceptance, caring adults, and school safety promote health and well-being of LGBTQ youth.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Behavioral Health Division at (708)237-8918 for further information.