October is National Bullying Prevention Month. In support, Be Unlimited is taking a major stand against bullying. We hope that you stand with us.
Bullying is a serious issue that affects the lives of many people. As a target (someone being bullied), getting through a day of school or even walking down a street in their neighborhood can be torture. Being called names. Being humiliated. Being threatened. Being physically attacked. Being in a constant state of fear. No one deserves to live this way.
Sometimes the targets of bullying do not even know how or why they became targets. All too often, those targets develop the mindset that what is happening to them is their fault. They start to believe that there is something wrong with them.
The following message goes out to all targets of bullying. It might be you, or, it might be someone you know (if that’s the case, please pass it on). Hear this message loud and clear: Despite every hurtful word that has been said to you and the hurtful things that have been done to you, there is nothing wrong with you.
The bullying is not your fault. You can rise up above where you are now and you will. Someday. For now, focus on the potential that is inside you. Focus on the skills, the talents, and the abilities that you have. Focus on how this world is going to be different, how it is going to be better simply because you are in it. Focus on what makes you uniquely YOU.
This may not be a quick fix, but remember, a new mindset is something you have to build over time. It takes more than one day to do it. Every time you rebound from an incident of bullying, it gets stronger. You get stronger, too. If you are reading this right now, that is already happening.
No one deserves to be bullied. Let us be a resource. If you or someone you know is currently struggling with bullying, consider calling one of the helplines listed below. There are trained professionals waiting to help.
There’s help at the end of the line when you call the Boys Town National Hotline, which is not just for boys, by the way. Whether you’re a child, teen or parent, they can help. 1-800-448-3000.
2NDFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey’s youth and young adults. If you need to talk about an issue or problem that you are facing, call 2NDFLOOR at 1-888-222-2228.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. If you are a youth who is feeling alone, confused or in crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-4-U-TREVOR for immediate help.