SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center

This Web site is a component of the SAMHSA Health Information Network

    | | |    
In This Section

About 15+

About Bullying
Fatherhood Initiative

Related Topics


Public Service

In the News

15+ Homepage
Page Options
printer icon printer friendly page

e-mail icon e-mail this page

bookmark icon bookmark this page

shopping cart icon shopping cart

account icon  current or new account

This Web site is a component of the SAMHSA Health Information Network.

Skip Navigation
Anti-Bullying - About Bullying

About Bullying

Every day in our schools and communities, children are teased, threatened, or tormented by bullies. About Bullying, part of the 15+ Make Time to Listen… Take Time to Talk initiative, provides parents and caregivers with information about bullying and methods for communicating with children about the climate of fear created by bullying. The messages exchanged between children and their caregivers in just 15 minutes or more a day can be instrumental in building a healthier and safer environment for children. Safe schools are everyone's responsibility and everyone can help keep our schools safe.

  • Parents, Grandparents, and Caregivers
    Links to tips and resources to help parents and other primary caregivers recognize bullying behavior and prevent bullying by and against children in their care. Includes publications, resources, and related online referrals.
  • Educators, Administrators, and Guidance Counselors
    Links to specially selected tools to help educators and other school personnel reduce and prevent bullying behavior among schoolchildren and to improve peer relations at school. Includes printed public service announcements, pamphlets, posters, resource guides, and related online referrals.
  • Mental Health Professionals and Other Health Care
    Bullying problems can have adverse mental and physical effects. These resources are relevant to mental health and other health care professionals who may encounter children with behavior or health problems associated with bullying.
  • Community Organizations and Law Enforcement
    Links to resources selected to help community groups and law enforcement agencies prevent youth violence and related problems associated with bullying. Includes public service announcements for adults and children, posters, pamphlets, and online referrals.
  • Children and Teens
    Links to interactive games and quizzes, posters, help lines, and other resources designed especially to help children recognize bullying, understand the effects of bullying, and help to stop their own bullying behavior as well as discourage bullying by others.

Featured Publications:

SVP-0056 - Take Action Against Bullying - This guide provides an overview of bullying behaviors, their effects, and some preventative measures. A definition of bullying is also given.

SVP-0051 - 15+ Make Time to Listen - Take Time to Talk… About Bullying - This document consists of interactive questions designed to start conversations between parents/caregivers and children. Schools, adults, and children can use these questions to start conversations about bullying and how to prevent it.

SVP-0052 - Bullying is Not a Fact of Life - This booklet contains information for caregivers who are concerned that a child might be being bullied or be bullying other children. It describes the steps that parents and schools can take, together, to help prevent bullying.

Related Links

Can we Talk?
Can we Talk? is a parent education program that begins to bridge the gulf that often exists between schools, parents and their children around difficult topics related to sexuality and health. The philosophy of the program is that young people's academic achievement is directly influenced by their emotional, physical and sexual health, and that outcomes can be improved through effective family education and community partnerships.

Stop Bullying Now
The Take a Stand, Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying Now! web site is an initiative of the Health Resource and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. Its goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school.

The ABCs of Bullying - Online Course
This course, for professionals, examines the causes and effects of bullying, prevention techniques and programs, screening, treatment options, and legal/ethical issues surrounding bullying. The information is relevant to educators, health and mental health practitioners, parents, and anyone else who works with children.

MedlinePlus: Bullying
This page lists articles, policy, research reports, and other resources related to bullying garnered from several federal agencies and other trusted sources. MedlinePlus is an online health information service maintained by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Public Service Announcements

Dear Diary (:30)
56K modem    DSL or cable modem

Just Another Day (:30)
56K modem    DSL or cable modem

Looking Glass (:30)
56K modem    DSL or cable modem

Portraits Version 1 (:30)
56K modem    DSL or cable modem

Portraits Version 2 (:30)
56K modem    DSL or cable modem

Closed-captioning is available for Windows Media Player. To turn on captioning go to Play -> Captions and Subtitles -> On If Available.

Home  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Awards  |  Accessibility  |  Privacy and Disclaimer Statement  |  Site Map
Go to Main Navigation United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA's HHS logo National Mental Health Information Center - Center for Mental Health Services