Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

Substance abuse causes substance addiction. It is a chronic disease characterized by the compulsive need to seek sub irrespective of its harmful effects. It causes lasting changes in the brain. In order to recover and undo effects of the substance, the individual and his family members must undertake rehabilitative measures. Rehabilitation helps encourage the addicted […]

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10 Things people who have over...

Alcohol addiction is more than just a drinking problem. It is a biological, progressive, chemical and a fatal disease. It can enlighten a sense of urgency and necessity due to its dependence but overcoming an addiction is so entrenched it is not an easy feat. People who have overcome addiction have been sailed two ships; […]

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Depression in Women

One in four women experiences depression at some point in time in their life. And women are twice as likely to experience clinical depression than men. Still wondering why the women in your life are crying most of the time, or feeling persistently sad, and has no interest in anything. Here is your answer: she […]

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The Family Impact: The social disadvantage and subordination of women on the one hand. And the rapid socio-cultural and economic changes on the other have significantly altered traditional structures and institutions within society. Such changes are invariably associated with social upheaval and drug abuse is a known outcome of such change. Drug abuse poses various […]

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Reinventing Mindful Eating

Reinventing Mindful Eating: Eating is an inevitable activity of everyday life. There was a time when this activity was carried on with utmost mindfulness, i.e. prayers were offered before beginning the meals, and after ending the meals slokas like Annapoorne Sada Poorne, Shankara Prana Vallabhe, Trayam were recited. Offering supplication (Du’ä) by Islam followers during the meal, […]

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Bullying: Parents, teachers, students need to act together

bullying blog image july-01Do you know India stands third in terms of the number of children and teenagers being bullied online in the category of 8-17 years age- 54% as against the global average of 72%? This is besides a large number of others who are being bullied in schools, neighborhoods, streets, etc.

Parents’ concern

Put the issue in its proper perspective, in fact, there is currently no concrete legal framework to tackle the problem of bullying. In schools, where maximum bullying takes place, mostly authorities look the other way. Bullying is one of the most disconcerting social and psychiatric issues the parents are faced with today.

Scar in mind

One of the serious dimensions of the problem is that bullying leaves behind a deep scar in the mind of the victim. It has also a long term social and psychological repercussion for the perpetrator of the crime. This in itself makes it an issue of utmost importance needing urgent attention.

What’s bullying?

Bullying can be in the form of threats, teasing, name calling, excluding, preventing someone from going where he or she intends to go or doing what they want to do. It can be in the form of pushing, hitting, and all types of physical violence.

Bullies vs Bullied

According to a study bullies are more prone to post-bullying complications like depression and anxiety. In many cases they are more likely to drop out of school or perform worse than their peers in the classroom. As per another study by the US based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 5% of high school bullying victims may take recourse to suicide
  • 9% of middle school bullying victims may take recourse to self-harm
  • 4% of high school bullying victims may be physically hurt by a family member



Solution to problem!

That brings us to the most important point of how to find a solution to the problem. Experts who have successfully dealt with the problem of bullying say that the onus lies on both parents, schools and the students themselves. They say:

  • It is important that early signs of bullying are red-flagged.
  • There is a need to educate teachers, parents and students on how to prevent and stop bullying

What Schools can do?

  • Teachers can be trained to recognize and prevent bullying
  • Students and teachers can be told about effects of bullying and how to prevent it during school assemblies
  • Flyers can be mailed to parents with specific talking-points on dangers of bullying that can they can discuss with their children
  • Posters and flyers can be placed at strategic locations highlighting points raised about at school assemblies
  • Students/parents/ teachers can be educated through flyers and posters on how to prevent and stop bullying
  • A system can be developed that enables students, parents and teachers to report on bullying anonymously for quick preventive action
  • It is important to set age-specific rules to prevent bullying in schools
  • It is important to clearly enunciate the punishment for breaking rules and rewards for abiding by the rules

Finally, in India unlike in the West bullying is yet to assume a gargantuan proportion. There are, however, already clear signs of it snowballing into a serious socio-psychological issue. The need of the hour is collective action to nip the problem in the bud.


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