This article was published on October 31st, 2012
Youth who are, or are thought to be, LGBT, are at a higher risk of dropping out of school, of suffering from depression and self-harm. Working together, we can create safer, stronger communities, to work towards putting an end to bullying.
Here are 10 ways to help build a safer community:
- Use respectful and appropriate language.
- Do not ignore discrimination or harassment.
- Stand for strong anti-bullying / harassment policies in schools and workplaces.
- Advocate for films, books, events and campaigns that provide education around diversity and sexuality.
- Be a responsible adult and publically oppose bullying and support diversity.
- Bring cyber-bullying to the attention of the authorities.
- Attend training workshops and seminars to learn how to respond to bullying.
- Understand health education and how to get help.
- Involve local LGBT resource centres, advocate groups and and health services.
- Be available. If you know someone who is in distress, is being bullied or needs a safe zone, assist them with getting the immediate help they require.