Saturday, June 23, 2018

Baptist Health South Florida Partnership "Banishing Bullying: Being Part of the Solution"

Baptist Health South Florida Community Programs has enlisted the help of the Ganley Foundation in a series of presentations entitled Banishing Bullying: Being Part of the Solution. These presentations have featured Grace Carricarte, our executive director, as a presenter addressing the tragic consequences of bullying and how we can best protect our children.  The long-lasting damaging effects of bullying and tragic cases of youth suicide make this an issue we must not overlook as a society. Baptist Health South Florida acknowledges this and has fully funded these Banishing Bullying presentations throughout Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties in an effort to best support community needs.

These presentations have included local psychologists, sheriff's offices, and guest speakers. On April 18, 2013 Grace served as moderator for the Weston 8 Cinemas presentation in Sunrise, FL and again on September 29, 2013 at the David Posnack jewish Community Center in Davie, FL. The Sun Sentinel provided media coverage of this event and we invite you to read this article.

Since then Grace solely provided a Banishing Bullying: Being Part of the Solution community presentation on November 7, 2013 at Mariner's Hospital in our Florida Keys. This hour and a half lecture targeted an adult audience mostly comprised of educators, parents, nurses and school administration. The objectives of this presentations included guiding adults on how to best raise a child so they are less likely to be targets of bullying, how to improve their self-esteem, promote their mental health, and what to do if your child is being bullying or if you suspect your child is a bully. Discussed themes also included peer pressure, current data, and suicide prevention.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 our presentation at Homestead Hospital targeted both children and parents. The first part of this program included all audience members as bullying basics were provided by Grace and Trish Ramsey, educational director of the Melissa Institute. During the second half of the program Grace met with parents separately to discuss their specific roles and needs as parents. Trish met at this time with the children who attended so that they might also receive further and developmentally appropriate information on how they may banish bullying.

The Ganley Foundation appreciates these continued opportunities to share our expertise within these community programs and look forward to our maintained partnership with Baptist Health South Florida.

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