There is no question that mental health issues play a significant role in the levels of education ultimately achieved by our children. There is also evidence that issues of substance abuse are appearing at younger and younger ages. Children with untreated mental health or addiction problems experience multiple obstacles to learning that often make the difference between whether or not they lead positive, productive adult lives.
If you’re a young person who’s been bullied or harassed by your peers, or you’re a parent or teacher who knows a young person being bullied or harassed, here are a few resources that can help you:
A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. It includes KnowBullying, a mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that provides tips on talking with kids about school, work, relationships, life and bullying.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LBGTQ youth by providing resources and a nationwide, 24 hour hotline. If you are considering suicide or need help, call: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).
It Gets Better Project
President Obama’s video is just one of thousands of videos submitted by people across the country to inspire and encourage LGBT youth who are struggling.