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St. Anthony's Offers Childhood Bullying Prevention Answers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Aug. 28, 2013) – The beginning of the school year can be filled with sadness and joy for students as they lament the end of summer vacation but celebrate seeing old friends. For many children, however, returning to school means dealing with the added pressure of being bullied. St. Anthony’s Hospital will provide parents and educators with the information they need to protect children from this pervasive problem during the seminar, Childhood Bullying, at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12 at the St. Anthony’s Outpatient Center (Carillon), Conference Rooms A and B.

 According to a 2011 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 percent of students in high school have experienced bullying. An earlier joint study by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicated that 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 have been bullied. With the expanded use of cell phones and computers, bullying has taken on a new life in the cyber world.

 Seamus Allman, a licensed mental health counselor with BayCare Behavioral Health, Employee and Student Assistance Programs, will help parents and educators learn to recognize the signs of childhood bullying and teasing. He also will provide tips on how to intervene in situations and explore ways to shield children from hurtful behaviors. Experts have found that older students feel more isolated and won’t share what is happening to them with parents or teachers. Those who are bullied also tend to suffer depression and anxiety. The seminar will help adults learn how to talk with kids about their fears. Allman also will discuss how participating in sports can build a child’s confidence.    

 The center is located at 900 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg. For reservations and more information, please call (727) 953-9199 or register only at To learn more about BayCare Behavioral Health, please visit the website at

About St. Anthony’s Hospital

St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s has received the 2013 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times. St. Anthony’s Hospital is currently the only hospital in Pinellas County to have both the full Heart Failure Accreditation and the Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the web at


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