Bullying: Understanding, Prevention, and Support

Bullying: Understanding, Prevention, and Support

Welcome to the Brookfield Board of Health's Bullying Resources page. Bullying is not just a social issue; it can have a profound impact on an individual's mental and physical health. Our goal is to provide resources and support for anyone experiencing bullying, whether in schools, workplaces, online, or in any other setting.

The Impact of Bullying on Health

Bullying can lead to a wide range of health issues, including:

  • Mental Health Problems: Victims of bullying are at an increased risk of developing anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.
  • Physical Health Problems: The stress of being bullied can manifest in physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, and sleep disturbances.
  • Long-Term Health Consequences: The effects of bullying can persist into adulthood, leading to chronic health conditions and a reduced quality of life.

It is crucial to address bullying promptly and effectively to prevent these health consequences.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. It can take many forms, including verbal harassment, physical assault, social exclusion, and cyberbullying. Bullying can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or background.

Resources for Support and Prevention



  • Website: www.stopbullying.gov
  • Description: A comprehensive resource for understanding bullying, its effects, and how to prevent and respond to it.

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

  • Website: www.pacer.org/bullying
  • Description: Provides resources for students, parents, educators, and others to prevent bullying and support those affected.

Cyberbullying Research Center

  • Website: www.cyberbullying.org
  • Description: Offers resources for understanding and addressing cyberbullying.

Stomp Out Bullying

  • Website: www.stompoutbullying.org
  • Description: A national organization dedicated to reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, and other digital abuse.

The Trevor Project

  • Website: www.thetrevorproject.org
  • Description: Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth, including resources for addressing bullying.

Coping with Bullying

If you or someone you know is experiencing bullying, it's important to seek support. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Speak Up: Talk to someone you trust, like a friend, family member, teacher, or counselor.
  • Document the Bullying: Keep a record of bullying incidents, including dates, times, and descriptions.
  • Stay Safe: If you feel threatened, seek help from a trusted adult or authority figure immediately.
  • Practice Self-Care: Engage in activities that boost your confidence and well-being.

Remember, you are not alone. Bullying is never acceptable, and there are people and resources available to help you.