October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published October 2022

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

With schools back in session, October is a great time to raise awareness about bullying. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying can also take place online. Cyberbullying can include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by emails or posted on social media, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Bullying can happen wherever young people spend their time, and everyone has a role to play in bullying prevention:

Explore StopBullying.gov’s videos and social media posts and share them with your networks.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the United States:

Domestic violence is common in every community and affects all people. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has resources and information for survivors, advocates, and allies.

During adolescence, young people learn how to form safe and healthy relationships with friends, parents, caregivers, teachers, and romantic partners. Knowing how to establish and maintain healthy romantic relationships can help adolescents develop into adults with healthy adult relationships. OPA has resources on healthy relationships in adolescence and how to talk to teens about relationships.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Anyone in the United States can now dial “988” directly to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. People experiencing thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress can call (multiple languages), text or chat (English only) the new three-digit number to connect with compassionate, accessible care, and support. 988 can also be used if someone is worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. The Lifeline Chat feature can still be accessed directly from the Lifeline’s website. Learn more about the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.


988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

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