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Local initiative highlights Bullying Prevention Month

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Gundersen Health System's Jeff Reiland will host a public discussion about bullying on Oct. 2 Gundersen Health System's Jeff Reiland will host a public discussion about bullying on Oct. 2
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - It's become one of the major issues in our schools and can lead to lasting trauma. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Gundersen Health System's Jeff Reiland is hosting a public discussion about bullying and its effects.

From Gundersen Health System:

No one wants to be routinely left out on purpose, publicly humiliated or have rumors spread about them. Yet, the vast majority of kids will be involved in the bullying experience as victims, bystanders or children who bully in their school-age lives.

In honor of October being National Bullying Prevention Month, Gundersen Health System is joining our community in raising awareness. On Thursday, Oct. 2, Gundersen child and family therapist Jeff Reiland, MS, CPT-S, will present "Kids Being Mean: Recognizing and Responding to Social Bullying."

This free presentation, which is aimed at helping parents protect their children and reduce risks of social bullying, will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Rasmus Center on the Gundersen La Crosse Campus. Parents, educators, child care providers and anyone interested in enriching the lives of children are welcome to attend. This event is registry-approved training for child care providers (1.5 hrs).

"Evidence shows that children who experience bullying have lasting emotional scars. It hurts," states Jeff. "There is evidence that social rejection and the emotional pain that results are felt very much the same as physical pain."

This presentation will:

* Examine how "being mean" is different than bullying

* Describe situations and circumstances that are common in social bullying

* Discuss how social rejection impacts children's health and well-being

* Provide strategies to help protect children and reduce their risks of social bullying

"Parents, the child's first teachers, can promote resilience in their children even before they get to school age. This presentation will offer specific skills and strategies for parents to help build social connectedness in their children's lives," says Jeff.

To register or learn more, visit TogetherAgainstBullying.org or call (608) 775-5387.

Mayoral proclamation planned for Oct. 9

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat and Onalaska Mayor Joe Chilsen will mark National Bullying Prevention Month with a proclamation on Thursday, Oct. 9, at noon in the La Crosse City Hall Lobby. The La Crosse County Bullying Prevention Taskforce, of which Gundersen is a partner, is planning the announcement in hopes that it will bring attention to bullying prevention and helpful resources throughout La Crosse and surrounding communities.
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