BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — October is National Bullying Prevention Month. A recent study revealed that 40% of youth surveyed reported being bullied on school grounds in the last year, proving bullying to be a very pervasive issue.

Misty Humble, licensed clinical social worker with Thriveworks, said bullying can have mental health impacts on students. She discussed strategies for children who may be experiencing bullying, effective ways that parents and teachers can address the topic of bullying with children.

“Communication is super important because if, really for the bully and the one being bullied, because usually the child that is being the bully is not being heard so instead of saying ‘what’s wrong with you,’ we need to say ‘what happened to you?'” said Humble.

Thriveworks is a mental health company in Baton Rouge, with five locations throughout Louisiana and online services.