Resources for Older Teens & Young Adults
Pacer Center Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause. A few of the highlights include:
- Learn how to recognize bullying behavior.
- Explore methods to respond effectively.
- Review common assumptions, then decide if they are Definitely, True or No Way.
- Language is Important: The way we talk about people impacts how we think about them.
- Reasons Teens Don’t Tell: Learn some of the reasons and a way to reframe the conversation.
- Real Teens Speak Out: Stories from teens and for teens.
Kind Campaign was started in 2009 by college students Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, who were both affected by bullying from other girls. They created a documentary and non-profit org to stop what they call “girl on girl bullying.” They have an online forum, where you can share your personal story, apologize to someone you might have hurt, and pledge to end female bullying.
The Jed Foundation believes in a comprehensive, public health approach to promoting mental health and preventing suicide. JED’s programs are grounded in our Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for Colleges and Universities, developed in collaboration with SPRC. This evidence-based model can be used to assess efforts currently being made on campus, identifying existing strengths and areas for improvement.
STOMP Out Bullying™ is dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. In this diverse world, STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, inclusion and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns.
StopBullying.gov offers a well curated list of resources from the government on bullying and cyberbullying. It not only defines bullying but has resources on how to prevent bullying, how to respond to it and how to an upstander, versus a bystander. Be sure to see their resources on how to respond to bullying.
Born This Way Foundation Fans of Lady Gaga know the singer is extremely passionate about her organization. You’ll find an online community that encourages individuality and provides you with the skills to make you feel confident and powerful.
The Jed Foundation, MTV, and actress Brittany Snow started the Love Is Louder organization to spread the word that love is louder than any internal or enternal voice that might be telling you otherwise. Those feeling misunderstood or alone can express themselves through video, music, art, and photos online, and talk to others going through the same things. You can also get info on important topics like cyberbulling and dating abuse.
TEEN LINE was created in 1980 by a group of mental health professionals who, through their personal work with teenagers, realized that a more inclusive approach to adolescent mental health was needed. After extensive research and consultation, TEEN LINE – a teen-to-teen hotline with community outreach services – was born.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Youth Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Sometimes your struggle can be underestimated because of your age. They hear you, and help is available. Don’t be afraid to let your friends, family, or teachers know what you need when they ask; they want to help. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline any time — calls are confidential.
Sit With Us App: A new app makes finding friends in the school cafeteria a piece of cake. “Sit With Us” helps students who have difficulty finding a place to sit locate a welcoming group in the lunchroom. The app allows students to designate themselves as “ambassadors,” thereby inviting others to join them. Ambassadors can then post “open lunch” events, which signal to anyone seeking company that they’re invited to join the ambassadors’ table. Read more.
The BULLY Project is the social action campaign inspired by the award-winning film BULLY. We’ve sparked a national movement to stop bullying that is transforming kids’ lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action. The power of our work lies in the participation of individuals like you and the remarkable list of partners we’ve gathered who collectively work to create safe, caring, and respectful schools and communities. Our goal is to reach 10 million kids or more, causing a tipping point that ends bullying in America.
Resources for LGBTQ
The Trevor Project Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Services include a 24-hour phone line, text support, and online chat service.
The It Gets Better Project The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process – but, the good news is, no one has to do it alone.
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