2013 – A recent study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
found that 29 per cent of students in Ontario
reported being bullied at school, while 22 per cent reported being cyberbullied.
The consequences can be deadly: Victims of cyberbullying report higher levels
of depression and are two times more likely to have attempted suicide.
many communities across Canada
will mark the International Day of Pink which started in Nova Scotia after two students wore pink to
show their support for a fellow student who was being bullied. To commemorate
the day, people everywhere are encouraged to wear pink to be reminded that
positive action can make a difference in preventing bullying and to raise
awareness of all types of bullying.
CAMH has experts available to discuss research, prevention programs and the impact that bullying
victimization has on youth.
Dr. David Wolfe is head of the
CAMH Centre for Prevention Science and a psychologist
specializing in issues affecting children and youth. Dr. Wolfe has been pioneering new
approaches to preventing youth bullying, relationship violence, and substance
abuse. To view a recent presentation Dr. Wolfe gave on the effects of cyberbullying
please click here.
Dr. Claire Crooks is a research scientist
at CAMH. She develops, implements and evaluates school and community-based
programming to promote healthy youth relationships and reduce violence, and has
seen the impact such programming can have.
Media contact: Michael Torres,
CAMH Media Relations 416 595 6015 or firstname.lastname@example.org