Bullying is something no parent ever wants their child to go through. Whether you’ve experienced it firsthand and know the psychological or physical scars it can leave on one’s self, or you’ve heard or read about the devastating outcomes it can lead to in the news recently, bullying has become a pervasive reality for many of our youth. In today’s digital age, bullying continues to occur well beyond the confines of school property, and can enter the safety net of your home via technology.
At some point in our lives, we’ve all come across an individual experiencing a mental health issue. Keeping with the theme of suicide prevention, which is the focus of World Mental Health Day on October 10th, I’d like to highlight ways that you can recognize the signs of a mental health issue, what you can do to help, and how to determine the right time to reach out.