Bullying and its Impact on Youth Mental Health

Video Length | 1:03:45

Recorded | October 2022

Podcast Description

In this Learning Lab episode, host Stephanie Peterson sits down with Maurine Molak, co-founder of David's Legacy Foundation, to discuss what bullying is and the profound negative impact it has on youth mental health when left unaddressed.

Expert Guest

Maurine Molak

Maurine Molak

Maurine Molak, along with her husband Matt and their two oldest sons Cliff and Chris, founded David's Legacy Foundation after experiencing the tragedy that no family should ever have to experience. In January of 2016, their 16-year-old son, and brother, David, died by suicide after experiencing ...months of relentless cyberbullying. After David's death, Maurine and her family, made it their mission to prevent this from happening to another family by working with Texas legislators in 2017 to pass “David's Law” which provides public schools, parents, and law enforcement the necessary tools to address cyberbullying. In 2019 and 2021 they continued their advocacy to strengthen “David's Law” with increased suicide prevention, digital citizenship, anti-bullying prevention policy requirements and increased reporting measures. The mission of David's Legacy Foundation is to end cyber, and all forms of bullying, of children and teens through education, legislation, and legal action.
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Learning Lab Host

Stephanie Peterson

Stephanie Peterson

Stephanie Peterson is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master of Arts degree at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. She brings almost 20 years of experience working with various populations including children, adolescents..., adults, and families in a variety of settings. Additionally, Ms. Peterson has developed curriculum, resources, and presentations on topics related to children's mental health and best practices for school district staff, parents, students, school-based law enforcement, first responders, military personnel, and clinicians. Ms. Peterson currently serves as a Training and Education Specialist and the mental health subject matter expert at the Texas School Safety Center.
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Podcast Produced By: Brian Clason, Program Manager of Curriculum & Instruction

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