I Wear Pink and What? Bully!
I work for a non-profit drug and alcohol addiction center.
I encounter a lot of individuals on a daily basis due to my job being an intake coordinator and determine the level of care people start out. Before I did that I was a counselor in our residential facility where I was a resident twice!
Due to my past experiences, I'd say I'm a little qualified for my position as a counselor and coordinator (technically should not have the job I have now because I have not completed my degree, but my experience works wonders).
I ask a lot of questions in my assessments and usually try to get down to the root cause of why an individual started abusing substances and many times I'm able to refer them to appropriate agencies, therapists, or physicians to also assist in the person's recovery.
It's unfortunate I hear all too often it's due to being bullied as a child or even as an adult later in life. They turn to drinking or something harder to help numb the pain. I hear things that make me hurt for them and attempts at a permanent solution for a temporary problem in life.
February 27th was #PinkShirtDay like an anti-bully campaign or something, and I participate in it each year it's taken place since I started working there 3-years ago.
I just want to remind everyone to please be kind to one another, you never know what tipping point someone may be at in their lives.