Monthly Mental Health Awareness
OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bullying prevention remains a top priority among educators around the world. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and this month we will focus on and talk about how we can spread kindness, make a difference, and utilize our Sources of Strength. At Silver Hills our goal is to end bullying and cyberbullying and put a stop to hatred. We know that being a victim of bullying can lead to depression, increased risk of suicidal thoughts, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, poor general health, self-harm, substance abuse, and difficulty establishing trusting relationships and friendships. A few things we can ALL do …….
Seek out your Positive Friends
Talk to a Trusted Adult
Be a leader
Be a friend to someone you don't know at school
Speak up when you see something that concerns you
Ask for help
Challenge Others To Be Kind
The Week of October 5th
Make friends with someone you don’t know at school
If you've ever been isolated from others at school or you were new at school and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.
Make friends with someone at school who you don't know. You probably wish someone had done that for you.
Be a leader. Take action and don't let anyone at school be in isolation.
Challenge Others To Be Kind
Make kindness go viral with an act of kindness and challenge friends and classmates to pay it forward with their acts of kindness. Make a video of everyone doing acts of kindness and submit it. We'll add it to our website.
First Week of October is ALSO Mental Illness Awareness Week!!!!!
October 11th is National Coming Out Day
Celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, LGBTQ+ questioning or as an ally.
The Week of October 12th
STAND UP for Others Week
When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.
If you don't feel safe get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution -- not the problem!
It's a time to see everyone's differences and celebrate their similarities: Whether students are LGBT, African American, Asian, Muslim, AAPI,of Tribal descent or disabled ...make friends.
Students can participate by
- Creating positive messages on post-its and handing them out to students at school
- Hold a "kindness" dance at school
- Creating anti-bullying videos and sharing them on the STOMP Out Bullying site
- Sharing inspirational stories on the STOMP Out Bullying site
- Create a kindness dance flash mob at school or in your community. Make a video of it and send it to us. We'll share it on our web site.
The Week of October 19th
Week of Inclusion
- Don't let anyone at school eat alone in the cafeteria or on a school field trip. Make it the week of #NOONEEATSALONE
- Include other students in school activities
- Include other students in after school activities
- Invite someone you don't now that well to sit next to you on the bus. Learn about each other.
At one point or another each of us has felt insecure, or stressed out, or alone. It is important to remind our friends and classmates that we are all in it together and we are there to listen and support each other. Use the hashtag #HereForYou on social media to let your classmates know that they have your support and a person to reach out to if they ever need to talk.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 is UNITY DAY
- Wear and share orange to show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
The Week of October 26th
Start the Week With Conversations Amongst Your Peers
- Meet with fellow students and discuss how you can Change The Culture at your school.
Hold a discussion where you allow students/kids to openly speak and discuss their experiences with bullying and cyberbullying, and how these experiences have effected them and how they dealt with these moments.
This is your month to take leadership at your school and carry it through all-year-round!
We look forward to hearing about your student led activities during National Bullying Prevention Awareness month.
The more awareness that is created during the month of October -- and all year round, you are one step closer to putting an end to bullying!
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week: Sunday, September 6th - Saturday, September 12th!
It’s a time to share resources and stories, as well as promote suicide prevention awareness.
World Suicide Prevention Day: September 10, 2020
It’s a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most.
The prevalence of suicide deaths in the U.S. is alarming, but together we can create positive change. During National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month in September, help us spread the facts about suicide and educate others on how we can help those who may be struggling.
Here are some helpful links bringing prevention awareness to you!