Anyone who’s been bullied knows that “Just ignore them” or “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me” are cold comfort. Bullying takes many forms, often subtle. Words can and do hurt—they get under our skin and change the way we feel about ourselves. Bullying can even alter brain chemistry and structure.
It’s important to know that you’re not alone. Stomp Out Bullying offers an extensive directory of mental health resources for dealing with self-harm, eating disorders and substance abuse, and includes a live chat feature.
It can also help to read about people who’ve been where you are and survived. These books feature characters who faced homophobia, racism and harassment, and came out the other side. So can you.
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A teen boy survives a hate crime against another gay student through his art.