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Call 1-800-273-8255 FOR HELP

Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please call the LIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) .

Help your child deal with bullying by talking to teachers, administrators, and staff and by taking advantage of the following resources (files in bold are downloadable PDFs):




As an athlete you may suspect someone else is being bullied. If you are not quite sure, review these common signs to help you recognize if bullying is occurring. The person may:


  • Come home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings

  • Have unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches from fighting

  • Have few, if any, friends with whom he or she spends time

  • Seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities with peers (such as clubs or sports)

  • Take a long, “illogical” route when walking to or from school

  • Lose interest in school work or suddenly begin to do poorly in school

  • Appear sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home

  • Complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical problems

  • Have trouble sleeping or frequent bad dreams

  • Experience a loss of appetite

  • Appear anxious and suffer from low self-esteem

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