November 15th through 21st, 2015 is "National Bullying Awareness Week". This year's theme is "Stand Up! (to bullying)". The vision behind Bullying Awareness Week is:
- Bullying Awareness Week is about working at preventing bullying through education and awareness
- Bullying Awareness Week is NOT about what others could or should be doing, but rather what WE can do!
- Bullying is a community issue. Schools are a critically important part of the solution, but bullying should not be defined solely as a "school problem".
- Addressing bullying is best done with a holistic, community approach because bullying is a community health and wellness issue.
- Everyone can play a role in addressing bullying in their community.
- Bullying also needs to be understood as a health issue. The impact of bullying on personal health and wellness can last a lifetime. This also has financial implications for our society with lessened productivity, lost man-hours due to illness or personal days off work.
- Bullying is a serious issue, at its worst, bullying can kill.