NoBLE Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is bullying?

Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior with the intent to do harm, it involves a real or perceived power imbalance, and the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

Examples of bullying can include:

  • teasing or making fun of someone
  • talking about hurting someone
  • spreading rumors or telling lies
  • leaving someone out on purpose
  • attacking someone by hitting, pushing or fighting them
  • taking or destroying someone's things
  • using technology such as text messages, the internet, email, social media, or pictures to be mean, spread rumors or threaten someone

What type of services does NoBLE provide?

NoBLE currently provides education and guidance in dealing with bullying situations. Bullying Issues Mediation Program, in partnership with Oakland Mediation Center, is a service for schools/parents to help resolve issues related to bullying behavior. NoBLE also provides referrals for counseling and other resources. Additional programs are under development.

Is NoBLE only for children who have been bullied?

No, NoBLE is for youth that have been affected by bullying as a bully, target, witness or any combination thereof, as well as their families.

What if I/my child is having a problem outside of office hours and needs to talk to someone?

A 24/7 crisis hotline is available at 1-855-UR NOBLE. One-on-one texting is available 24/7 through Common Ground. Text "Hello" to 248-809-5550 to chat.

Can I volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out an application and note that you'd like to volunteer with NoBLE in the comments. If you are interested in volunteering for the Common Ground Crisis Hotline, please call 248-451-3752.

Where can I find additional information about bullying?

There are many very informative websites: