Agency concludes month with prayer dinner to raise money for school-based counseling program, includes bullying prevention
More than one out of every five students report being bullied nationally, and schools in Middle Tennessee are not immune to this statistic. Through its school-based counseling program, Mercy Community Healthcare counselors work with students in 21 schools in Williamson and Marshall counties, many of whom are dealing with some form of bullying.
Founded by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Mercy is participating in this nationwide call to action to unite communities, raise awareness, provide education and inspire action in response to bullying behavior by directing the proceeds of its second-annual Fall Prayer Dinner to its school-based counseling program, which will be held November 9.
“Our counselors are in these schools, so they can assist teachers and administrators in dealing with issues children face, including the ramifications of bullying,” said Marcy Webb, Director of Therapeutic School Counseling for Mercy. “More specifically, they are able to talk with students about bullying in not only a reactive but proactive manner.”
“Bullying is a terrible thing, but it’s a blessing that we are able to meet the needs of the students in our community the way that we are, and that we’re able to be there for them and be a support.”
How You Can Join Mercy and Help Prevent Bullying
- Purchase tickets to Mercy’s Fall Prayer Dinner, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church at 113 Second Avenue S. in downtown Franklin. Dr. Sharon Moore-Caldwell will serve as the emcee, and Williamson County Schools Executive Director of Secondary Schools Dr. Juli Oyer will be the featured speaker. Tickets are $100 per person and are available org/PrayerDinner.
- Sign the online petition at org/bullying/pledge, and in doing so, make the commitment to support others who have been hurt or harmed, treat others with kindness, be more accepting of people’s differences, and help include those who are left out.
- Talk with your children about treating others with respect as well as what to do if they are bullied.
- Speak with education and public policy leaders about their roles in bullying prevention.
- Share information about the issue through social media using the hashtag #ChooseKindness.
About Mercy Community Healthcare
Mercy Community Healthcare was founded in 1999 as Mercy Children’s Clinic, with a mission to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by providing excellent healthcare to ALL and support to their families. The non-profit clinic added mental health and social services to its integrated care program in 2006, and expanded to a new facility at Williamson Square on Murfreesboro Road in 2009. Mercy was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services designating it as a Federally Qualified Health Center in June 2012, and in 2013, Mercy merged with Grace Medical Clinic and opened the Richard Anderson Adult Center.
As a result of this additional area of focus, Mercy Children’s Clinic transitioned to Mercy Community Healthcare. With its new name, Mercy Community Healthcare seeks to reflect its mission of providing quality, experienced care to everyone – adults, children, insured and uninsured, throughout Middle Tennessee.
As a non-profit community health provider, Mercy depends on the support of private donations to operate. For more information or to get involved, please visit MercyTN.org.