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TAKE A STAND AND LEND A HAND

Prevent 7 is a non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention of bullying, hazing and suicide. Our mission is to encourage life long development for children and their families through interaction and education.

ABOUT PREVENT 7

Prevent 7 began when Nick Micek witnessed a case of bullying on a playground where a boy with autism was bullied. Afterwards, Nick lead a Bullying Prevention lesson for his school which demonstrated immediate change. That lesson was the stepping stone for creating Prevent 7.

The 7 comes from the number of people close to Nick that have been lost in the battle of bullying, hazing, and suicide.

In November 2012 Prevent 7 received it’s non-profit status and has been going into classrooms ever since. The STOP BULLYING NOW program will provide the students with the information, resources, and support to help them “Take a Stand and Lend a Hand” to STOP BULLYING NOW.

BULLYING

What is bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, long lasting problems.

Who gets bullied?

Bullying can happen to anyone, but some individuals may be at a greater risk. The greatest risk comes to those with disabilities, those who are socially challenged, and LGBT individuals.

Where does bullying happen?

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens at school, a significant percentage also happens in places like the playground or the bus. It can also happen traveling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the Internet.

Why do people bully?

The main reason people bully is to demonstrate power over others. The reason behind the repetition is because the bullies get away with poor behavior. Nobody is calling the bully out on the poor behavior. This gives the bully a sense that this poor behavior is acceptable.

When do people bully?

Bullying occurs in early ages , but in the United States it increases for boys and girls during late elementary years, peaks during the middle school years, and decreases in high school (Hoover, Oliver, & Hazler, 1992; Banks, 1997; Garrett, 2003).

How do people bully?

Some examples of bullying include but not limited to: punching, shoving and other acts that hurt people physically, spreading bad rumors about people, keeping certain people out of a group, teasing people in a mean way, getting certain people to "gang up" on others, and cyberbullying (bullying using technology).

HAZING

What is Hazing?

Hazing is any act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with others, against a person in connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization; and which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of, humiliating, intimidating or demeaning the person or endangering the mental or physical health of a person.

When does hazing happen?

Hazing occurs throughout the year. Each season brings another sport, and with it, the traditional rites of passage which can include hazing. This is true for both men's and women's teams. Often the beginning of the school year, late August and early September, mark hazings that occur against freshmen in high school and college. Fraternities and sororities begin to recruit new members in the fall, around August/September and in the winter, around January/February.

Where does hazing happen?

Hazing may occur anywhere. Often it is in locker rooms, on sports fields, on a school bus, or in any area that is large enough to accommodate the group. Frequently the location is part of the tradition, and it re-occurs at the same place. Hazing may occur on or off campus. Usually the participants perceive a lack of adult supervision.

Why do people haze?

Hazing is a tradition that has been accepted without question for centuries. Many people believe that it is a necessary rite of passage that creates and bonds within the group. Although this is not true, the misconception lives on. Often intelligent, moral people haze others, because they assume that they will not "get caught".

Who is involved in hazing?

Hazing is done to a person or group of people in order to gain entrance or acceptance into a club, organization, team, workplace or formal group. Those with least status receive the hazing, or are the targets as defined by the particular traditions.

How do people haze others?

Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep-deprivation, and sexual acts are hazing practices common across all types of student groups. Regardless of consent, the activities require individuals to engage in activities that are physically and psychologically stressful.

SUICIDE

What is suicide?

Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death.

Who is affected by suicide??

Everyone knows someone who is affected by a suicide. The best way to prevent it is to be aware of the warning signs.

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities - seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped - like there's no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes

Where can one go for help?

Call this toll-free number, available 24 hours a day, every day: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Nobody is alone in dealing with this issue, help is available. You can also reach out to family, friends, trusted adult, teacher, counselor, social worker, principal, police officer, and/or a mental health professional.

Why do people get suicidal?

Some factors that can put a person at risk are but not limited to: previous suicide attempts, history of depression and/or mental illnesses, alcohol or drug abuse, physical illness and depression.

When do people get suicidal?

While causes of suicide may vary, these tragic occurences are preventable. Many people face tough challenges, ranging from family conflict or relationship problems to mental health problems like self-harm and depression. All these and more can escalate to situations where people consider ending their own lives, but with support and the right resources, people can be empowered to start the process of coping.

How can I be helpful to someone who is threatening suicide?

If you see someone who is suicidal, there are several steps you can take to help this person:

  • Give him or her a helpful resource
  • Take his/her words seriously and respond with compassion
  • Encourage him/her to reach out for help to a friend, family member, counselor, clergy and other community members
  • Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings
  • Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life
  • Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support
  • Don't dare him or her to do it
  • Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you
  • Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support
  • Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance
  • Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills
  • Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention

LESSONS

Prevent 7 offers an educational expierence with a variety of lesson plans. Each lesson is 45 minutes in length and takes place in your classroom, daycare, locker room, or community center. Students are educated on the main aspects of each lesson, and may choose just one lesson or the whole curriculum. Please contact Prevent 7 for more information.

Bully Lesson

  • One–on–one interaction with students teaching them all aspects of bullying prevention
  • Students uniquely sign stop bullying contract
  • Students receive bullying bracelet upon completion of the lesson

Hazing Lesson

  • Students are educated on the "silent code" and where to go for help
  • Students sign stop hazing contract
  • Students are taught by instructors who have personal experiences

Suicide Lesson

  • Students are educated on the concept of "If you hear or see something, say something"
  • What the warning signs are
  • Where can one go for help

Dream Big Lesson

  • Defining what your dream job is
  • How to turn dream job into a reality
  • Fun activity for students to explain their dream job

Conflict Resolution Lesson

  • Conflict resolution strategies are discussed
  • Turning conflicts into opportunities
  • Positive conflict resolution skills are taught

Controlling Stress Lesson

  • Learn how to cope with daily stress
  • Stress management techniques
  • Why people get stressed

What Words Really Mean Lesson

  • What words can really mean
  • How words can hurt
  • How expressions change the meaning of words

Internet Awareness Lesson

  • Being aware while online
  • Keeping safe on the internet
  • How cyberbullying can harm us

Building Strong Youth Role Models Lesson

  • Positive role models of today
  • What it takes to become a role model
  • How are you a role model activity

Healthy Relationships Lesson

  • What is a healthy relationship
  • What people look for in a healthy relationship
  • Building healthy relationships

Leadership Lesson

  • Students discuss what leadership means to them
  • What are the characteristics of a good leader
  • How to become a leader

Smart Choice Lesson

  • In-depth look at what actions can come from our decisions
  • Good choices vs bad choices
  • Smart choice activity

CONTACT

Director: Nick Micek MSW

Phone: 612-889-2031

Fax: 763-780-9277

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