Tom Thelen – Founder of No Bullying Schools
Tom Thelen – Anti-Bullying Speaker
Tom Thelen is one of America’s top Anti-Bullying Speakers and the founder of ResetSchools.org, a nonprofit that teaches mental health skills in schools. As a mental health speaker, Tom has spoken at over 800 schools and has been interviewed on NBC, CBS, FOX, and PBS. He is also the founder of NoBullyingSchools.com, an evidence-based bullying curriculum with a smartphone app and video lessons on bullying, social skills, and resiliency.
Tom graduated from Grace Christian University with a bachelor’s of science degree and went on to write three books for students including Mental Health 101, Victimproof, and Teen Leadership Revolution. He and his wife, Casie, have four school-aged children and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Click below to View Tom’s PDF Bio.
A Message From Tom:
Hi Everybody! Here’s a photo of the most important people in my life: my wife Casie and our four kids! We were married in 2003, and since then we’ve been on the journey of a lifetime, helping our own kids and helping kids around the world. Through the years, we have seen that every kid needs a trusted adult in their life, and even as adults, we still need mentors!
As a student, my trusted adult was Mrs. Burdick, my English Teacher. She taught me how to talk through my hurts and let go of the pain in a positive way, so I didn’t have to stay a victim forever (that’s what I call being “Victimproof”). She helped me develop emotional intelligence, and I learned the power of positive choices, the power of character. That season was a huge turning point in my own mental health journey.
I believe today, our country is experiencing a mental health crisis. We have many kids flying under the radar WITH deteriorating mental health but WITHOUT a trusted adult in their lives. We have to help change that!
As a mental health speaker, I speak at many virtual assemblies and in-person events around the world. I always remind students to find a “trusted adult” who they can talk to in-person, someone who can beth ere for them day-in and day-out like a parent, a teacher, a counselor, or a youth worker. My story inspired kids to get help and adults to be the help.
My core message is that each of us needs a mentor or a counselor in our lives (even us adults). As we learn to talk about our mental health, we can take responsibility for our attitudes and actions, and that becomes the key to unlocking our full potential. As we help kids improve their emotional intelligence and their mental health, it creates a tidal wave of positive school culture, so every student can feel safe, supported, and accepted.