October 20, 2012

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Whether you are an educator, student, family or individual who cares about students, bullying/relational aggression is a family and public health issue that affects us all. Research shows that relational aggression carries lasting adverse mental health consequences into late adolescence, such as increased depression, loneliness, rejection, maladaptive eating patterns, risky sexual behavior, and suicidal thinking.

If you or someone you know is in need of support, the Center for Healthy Families, provides therapy to families, couples, and individuals in the Maryland/Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This clinic, housed in the Department of Family Science, provides services including couples therapy, marriage therapy, family therapy, parent education, family therapy conferences, and continuing education for professionals. To make an appointment to see a therapist, call the Center for Healthy Families at 301-405-3659 or 301-405-2273.

For additional resources on bullying, the National Bullying Prevention Center offers engaging and educational resources for parents, schools, teens and youth about bullying prevention.