Bullied: Words Do Hurt.

44% of North Dakota middle school students  have been bullied2017 North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey

There is an increased risk of young adult mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and self-harm or suicidality in children who were bullied by peers –  whether or not they had a history of maltreatment by adults (Lereya, Copeland, Costello, & Wolke, 2015).
In partnership with North Dakota Family Based Services Association, Imagine Thriving is sponsoring Bullied: Megan’s Story on Wednesday, April 4th.

Tina Meier, lost Megan, her 13 year old daughter to suicide in 2006 after she was bullied.  In hopes of empowering students and parents with understanding about the all to often devastating ramifications of bullying, Tina started the Megan Meier Foundation.  Today, Tina travels throughout the country educating youth, parents, educators, and professionals on the consequences associated with the harmful effects of bullying and cyberbullying with hopes to inspire others to “Be Megan’s Voice… Be the Change!”

The Wednesday, April 4th event is free and open to the public –  free tickets here.  Tina will provide an overview of the technology that students are using in today’s world. Life is much different for students today than it was for us or  even 4 years ago. As parents and community leaders, it is imperative that we continually educate ourselves to become better equipped to help our children. Megan Meier’s story will be shared along with the topics of bullying, bystanders, cyberbullying and sexting. A question and answer session will be available at the end of the presentation.

Tina worked closely with Senator Scott Rupp and Governor Matt Blunta’s Internet Task Force for the State of Missouri to help pass Senate Bill 818, which went into law on August 28, 2008.  Representing the mission of the Foundation, she has appeared nationally and internationally on many network television stations, news magazines, and syndicated talk shows speaking about the issues of bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide.  She was a consultant for the 2011 ABC Family movie, “Cyberbu//y”, and appeared in several documentaries, two of which two were in 2015, Discovery Web of Lies,  and the story of Lizzie Velasquez A Brave Heart.   In April 2016, Tina was one of the featured speakers for TedX Bend, Oregon.

Tina has received numerous recognitions and awards on behalf of the Foundation for her bullying prevention efforts, from being selected as Teen Line’s Humanitarian of the Year for 2009, to her acceptance of a presidential invitation to attend the White House Anti-Bullying Conference in 2011, being honored by the Missouri Commission on Human Rights with the Judge Arnold Krekel Trailblazer Award in 2013, and being a Women in Leadership honoree in 2015 by Tribute to Success.