Today's Kindness #282: February 24, 2023
☮️Stand Up To Bullying☮️
International Stand Up to Bullying Day is observed twice a year in February and November. In February, it is on the last Friday of the month. The observations in February are a part of the Anti-Bullying Week that aims to create empathy and end bullying and harassment. It's observed by schools, workplaces, and organizations in more than 25 countries. Bullying can have lasting effects on a person's psyche, and it is important to recognize instances of bullying and put an end to them immediately.
How To Observe:
Take a stand against bullying. Extend your support to victims by wearing a pink shirt on International Stand Up to Bullying Day.
Post about the day to your social media accounts and tell people about the importance of the day. You can also post helpline numbers and the legal steps that a victim can take against bullies.
Organize An Event At Your Workplace
If your workplace doesn't observe the day, let HR know that you would like to encourage your coworkers to join you in the observation. It's valuable in the workplace as well.
"When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sandpaper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless."
~ Chris Colfer
The U.S. Department of Human Services set up a hotline that's available 24/7 to receive assistance stopping bullying. Call 1-800-273-8255.
In the U.S., the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 988. Also, in the U.S., the Suicide National Hopeline is 1-800-784-2433. Spanish is 1-888-628-9454.