Approximately 10% of children in the United States are bullied in the most traditional sense of the word, with somewhere between 80% and 90% of pre-adolescents facing ongoing psychological and physical harassment at some point in their school life that could be characterized as bullying under the broader definition.
What’s more, bullying may affect physical as well as mental health, producing symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches, dizziness, bed-wetting, even depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders and substance abuse. It’s an eye-opening reality that Beaumont just couldn’t ignore. So in response, Beaumont Children’s Hospital has launched Michigan’s first hospital-based, anti-bullying program to raise awareness, provide supportive counseling and develop research-based bullying programs.
Based at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, the No Bullying Live Empowered, or NoBLE program, will offer individual and group psychoeducational services for bullying victims, witnesses, perpetrators and their families. A 24/7 bullying crisis hotline will be operated by Common Ground, a nonprofit crisis intervention agency dedicated to helping youths, adults and families move from crisis to hope. Through the toll-free hotline 855-URNOBLE, Common Ground will offer confidential crisis intervention, debriefing, information and referrals. Help will also be available online Monday through Friday, 4-10 p.m. through Common Ground’s new Online Crisis Chat, a free, confidential online service.
“Our goal is for NoBLE to become the safety net that links health care providers, educators, children and families to resources at Beaumont and other organizations for bullying victims,” explains Marlene Seltzer, M.D., medical director of the NoBLE program.