An Online Guide to Mental & Behavioral Health

Resources for College Students

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Bullying and Intimidation

Bullying is unwanted and aggressive behavior that happens repeatedly and involves a real or perceived imbalance of power. The power imbalance usually involves someone using physical strength, greater popularity or embarrassing or humiliating information to control or harm another person.

Bullying can take many forms. It can be done with words, including repeated teasing, name-calling, threats and inappropriate sexual comments. It can be done through social interactions, repeatedly and intentionally excluding someone from a group, telling others not to be friends with someone or spreading rumors and embarrassing a targeted person in public. Hurting another person physically or vandalizing possessions is also a form of bullying.

Bullying can take place in school, on the bus, in neighborhoods and, increasingly on electronic devices. Cyber bullying on the Internet gives some a sense of security because they are able to hide behind a computer screen. Because people communicate regularly through cell phones and computers, bullying messages, photos and other information can quickly "go viral" throughout the Internet.

Bullies target peers whom they often see as different, alone, or in some way weak. In the long run, bullying not only hurts those who are bullied, but also those who witness it, and the bullies themselves. It can destroy self-esteem and damage their ability to function in adulthood.

What can be done about it? In safe circumstances, standing up or speaking out against bullying behavior when it occurs can rob the bully of much of his/her power.

From the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Bullying and Intimidation Resources

  • Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: Violence prevention program for schools and communities. Website offers information on bullying and on dating violence.
  • Website of the US Department of Health and Human Services offers information and resources on preventing and responding to bullying and cyberbullying.

General Mental Health Resources

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Below are additional links to excellent websites for mental health information:

  • Go Ask Alice: Website operated by Columbia University to answer the questions of college students on issues related to physical health, mental health, and sexuality.
  • Half Of Us: This engaging youth-oriented site uses video stories of students and high-profile artists to increase awareness about mental health issues and the importance of getting help.
  • This website of the American Psychiatric Association offers a broad array of information on topics related to mental health.
  • Helpguide: Website operated by a non-profit organization offers information and resources on a broad range of mental health topics.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): An advocacy group for people living with mental illness and their loved ones. Good source of information and resources on mental health topics.
  • An information and support service using evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues.
  • An online resource for college students with information about protecting your emotional health and what to do if you or friends are struggling with mental health issues.
  • Student Health 101