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honeypot link to Focus on the Health Impact of Bullying During Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October

10/03/16 By
Merck Manuals

Contact: David Santoriello at 908-277-4069

Kenilworth, N.J., October 3, 2016 – The health impact of bullying on children will be highlighted on, an online medical reference, during the first two weeks of October, which is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

“While the entire content of The Merck Manuals is always available online, what we decide to call special attention to on the landing page is dynamic,” explained Editor-in-Chief Robert S. Porter, M.D. “We often look to highlight topics based on national observances and issues that have broad implications for society and public health."

The featured content, which can be accessed at, will include:

  • an essay on bullying by a physician contributor to The Merck Manuals
  • a video about study results that show that bullying can leave lasting mental health scars
  • tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics on recognizing the signs of bullying

To kick off the bullying prevention awareness campaign in October, will start the month by prominently displaying a “What You Need to Know” infographic from, a website where adults can learn more about what they can do to address bullying in their communities.

Scope of the Problem

According to data from the National Center for Educational Statistics, more than one out of every five students (22 percent) reported being bullied during the school year.

Bullying affects both educational and health outcomes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, not only does bullying contribute to academic problems, bullied students are at an increased risk for sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression.

Medical Reference Goes All-Digital

The Merck Manuals, a series of medical reference books long trusted by doctors and patients alike, went all-digital in 2015, when many new multimedia features were added.

Provided as a public service by Merck & Co., Inc., access to is unlimited and free to all. There is no registration, and the user experience is not compromised by advertising or commercial messaging. 

Features include expert commentary, infographics, animations, video clips, health calculators and trackers, quizzes, as well as a drug interaction checker, pill identifier, and guide to pronunciation of medical terms.

More than 350 medical experts currently serve as contributors; content is reviewed by an independent editorial board.

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