As we near the end of National Bullying Prevention Month, I want to share with you another website full of resources: stopbullying.gov.
From a page that answers the question, "What is bullying?" to a state-by-state explanation of anti-bullying laws and policies, you'll find so much useful information, including the handy infographic on kindness I've included here. Under the "Resources" tab, there are detailed sections about What You Can Do (for parents, educators, and community), What Teens Can Do, and Kids.
As far as we know, Rader was not being bullied at the time of his suicide (10th grade), although he did have some trouble in middle school, when I met with teachers and school officials to try to sort it out. I believe I would have been better equipped if I had consulted a resource like stopbullying.gov.
Regardless of whether bullying influenced Rader's decision to end his life, we do know it can be a factor for some. "The relationship between bullying and suicide is complex. ... Research indicates that persistent bullying can lead to or worsen feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion, and despair, as well as depression and anxiety, which can contribute to suicidal behavior." (stopbullying.gov, Facts About Bullying)