Project Harmony (projectharmony.com) is committed to being an advocate for every child, and while it may be an easier process to spot things that are physically harming a child, emotional pain is a harder obstacle to tackle. That’s why they are promoting Words Matter Week, which occurs during the first week of March.
While words may not cause physical harm, they can, and often do, cause emotional pain. Name calling, gossip, and making fun of someone when done with the intent to hurt, harm, or humiliate someone else can be considered bullying.
Depression and suicide are ranked as one of the top ten U.S. health concerns facing children today, according to the National Poll on Children’s Health.
If you are a parent, caregiver, or teacher, how do you know when a child needs help? Connections at Project Harmony created an easy reference guide on what to watch out for in different age groups, and it also includes information geared toward virtual learners. If a child you know needs help, talk to your school counselor or social worker about referring them to Connections at Project Harmony.
Project Harmony exists to provide effective, immediate, and sensitive support to child abuse victims and their non-offending family members. Project Harmony grew out of the vision of several Omaha community professionals and advocates to create a better system of protection for abused and neglected children. To learn more, go to projectharmony.com.