Bullying: A quality of life issue

caines | 1/17/2013, 4:30 a.m.

Recommendations for communities

The 2010 health care reform legislation presents a new opportunity to prevent bullying through the creation of school based health centers (SBHC) designed to increase student access to health and mental healthcare services. SCBCs have made health and mental services affordable, convenient and integrate clinical care with new public health interventions strategies.

Recommendations for children

SPEAK UP! Immediately tell an adult if you witness or are a victim of bullying. REACH OUT! Ask friends to join them in being a kid against bullying. BE A FRIEND! Invite a kid who is being bullied to play with you.

Recommendations for parents

TALK! Talk to your child to find out if she or he is bulling others. OBSERVE! Monitor your childs behavior and consult a mental health professional to rule out disability. TAKE ACTION AT HOME! Teach your child how to respond effectively to a bully. TAKE ACTION AT SCHOOL! Work with teachers and administrators to create a safe environment. SUPPORT the development of school based health centers in your neighborhood. Merlin R. Langley, Ph.D is an associate professor and former chair of the Department of Social Work at Florida A&M University. Follow FAMU Living Well 101 on Twitter via @FAMU_LivingWell. By Merlin R. Langley, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Social Work Florida A&M University