There is no dispute that bullying is a serious public health issue. Young people experience bullying and cyberbullying in daunting numbers: nearly 8 million children experience bullying in a single year. But the term “bullycide” suggests an inescapable connection between bullying (or cyberbullying) and suicide -- a dangerous message to send to young people who themselves may be at increased risk.
The "Bullycide" Myth™ leading goals:
Lessen the risk of inadvertently normalizing suicide as an inevitable outcome of bullying;
Determine whether, when, and how to implement bullying prevention and/or suicide prevention programs for students;
Appropriately and safely communicate important messages of peer support and community without to your community; and
Address the legal implications of bullying
The "Bullycide" Myth™ program, created and delivered in collaboration with Rethink’s Chief Education and Ethics Consultant Frederick Lane, helps school communities better understand the complexity of the relationship between bullying and suicide.
Debunking the dangerously oversimplified media narrative connecting bullying and suicide, The "Bullycide" Myth™ is a unique and informative presentation for school administrators, counselors, faculty, board members, and interested others.
The "Bullycide" Myth™ debuted at the New York State School Boards Association’s 2015 Annual Convention
as an invited Feature Presentation