Bullying Prevention & Mental Health Education

Did you know? According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 1 in 5 students ages twelve to eighteen reported being bullied at school. The impact of bullying on the school culture and climate, as well as the mental health of both the target and those who bully, is significant and the need for further understanding of how we can prevent bullying is essential. 

Developed with funding from the New York State Office of Mental Health, MHANYS School Mental Health Resource & Training Center has put together a comprehensive series of resources for schools to make the connection between mental health education and bullying prevention, and information and resources for parents, caregivers, and educators to become more involved. We hope you find these tools helpful in creating a safe space in your schools, homes and communities. 


E-Book – Safe Space: Creating a Positive School Culture to Prevent Bullying

The purpose of this publication is to help schools, families and communities identify strategies and resources to create a safe learning environment for all children; one where bullying is not given the opportunity to flourish. Instead, kindness and respect become the mainstays of the school-community culture, replacing the divisiveness that has become all too common in our society.

Cyberbullying – Webinar & Resources

According to Cyberbullying.org, approximately 44% of NYS students reported that they have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetime. It is critical that schools, families and caregivers, and the youth understand what cyberbullying is, its impact on mental health, and how to help prevent it. 

Cyberbullying Resources:
Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum
NetSmartz Online Safety Web Series (for Kids K-5)
Helpful resources for adolescents on cyberbullying from Cyberbullying Research Center
Connect Safely

Online Training – Creating a Positive School Culture to Prevent Bullying

This online self-directed training will provide an understanding of bullying, prevention, and its connection to mental health. Additional resources will be provided throughout the training. This course takes approx 1 hour. You can leave and return to the course if necessary. Audio and videos are part of the course so speakers are needed. Finally, at the end of the course, there is a test in order to obtain a certificate.
Coming soon! 

Lesson Plan for Youth – Creating a S.A.F.E Space

A Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Guided Lesson Plan designed to prevent bullying in schools through the advancement of SEL skills. In this presentation, students will learn about creating a supportive, accepting, friendly, and empathetic space to promote positive school culture. Throughout the presentation, each focus area is connected to Core SEL Competencies that promote mental health and safety of everyone in the school.

Presentation (PDF)

Facilitator Notes (PDF)

MHANYS’ Bullying Prevention Project is funded by New York State’s Office of Mental Health: 


Special thanks to our Bullying Prevention Project Workgroup: 

Amanda Davidson
Communications Coordinator
Families Together in NYS

Amanda B. Nickerson, Ph.D., NCSP
Professor and Director, Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Dawn Bialkowski
School Counselor
Gilboa-Conesville Central School

Dr. John Kelly
School Psychologist
New York Association of School Psychologists
Gretchen Rymarchyk, MSW, PhD
Deputy Director & Director of Research and Evaluation
Rural Schools Association of NYS

Nicole Bycina
Office of School Climate/MTSS
Buffalo Public Schools

Stephanie Fredrick, Ph.D., NCSP
Associate Director, Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Contact Us

Please contact us at schools@mhanys.org or call 518.434.0439 from 9 am to 5 pm.

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