Pink Shirt Day is February 27th – Preventing the Bullying of Students with Epilepsy
Today is February 27th, which is Pink Shirt Day! We at the BC Epilepsy Society are wearing pink and hope that others are also wearing pink today in support of the anti-bullying movement! Find out more about Pink Shirt Day here.
Supporting the anti-bullying movement is especially important at schools because all students have the right to safe and supportive environments at school, including students with epilepsy. Unfortunately, it has been found that students with epilepsy are at an increased risk of being bullied by their peers.
The more that people and schools learn about epilepsy and help to educate others, the easier it will be to prevent the bullying of students with epilepsy and reduce stigma. Through the Partners in Teaching program, the BC Epilepsy Society does just that.
Partners in Teaching student workshops look to increase knowledge and understanding of epilepsy and empower students to learn how be good friends to peers living with epilepsy. Peer education is an important first step in decreasing the bullying of students with epilepsy. It has been found that classmates who understand epilepsy and seizures are better able to provide friendly and positive environments for their peers living with epilepsy. Find out more about the Partners in Teaching program and how to book a student workshop at your school here. We are currently booking workshops taking place in April.
This Pink Shirt Day, ensure that your school environment provides a safe space where all students can exist free of ridicule, harassment and bullying, including students with epilepsy. Together, we can make a difference!