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Violence and Bullying Prevention

The Violence and Bullying Prevention program helps children with skill enhancement in:

  • Empathy building
  • Resilience training
  • Impulse control
  • Decision making
  • Anger management

By teaching children to utilize those skills, the risk of children participating in violence or bullying is decreased.  

The program is for children, ages 4-14, in grades 4-8, provided that the school they attend has the Violence and Bullying Prevention program.

How the program works:

Prevention Specialists are trained to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior in children while increasing their level of social competence.

Specialists accomplish this through the use of Second Step. Second Step is a classroom- and evidence-based social skills program from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. (Link coming soon)

For More Information

If you have concerns or need services for yourself, a child, or family member, contact our Helpline:
Phone: 800-560-5767
Email: OCA.TDMHSAS@tn.gov
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except for state holidays)

If you feel at any time that you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line toll-free 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1-855-274-7471.

To learn more about Violence and Bullying Prevention, please contact:

Kayla Mumphrey
Program Manager
615-532-6348
Kayla.M.Mumphrey@tn.gov