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My Life Beyond Bullying

A Mayo Clinic patient story

By Hey Gee • As told by Ralph M. • Edited by Bridget K. Biggs, Ph.D., L.P. • Illustrated by Hey Gee

  • Bullying affects all youth, and the effects of bullying may continue into adulthood.
  • Adults can help prevent bullying by talking to children, encouraging them, and modeling kindness and respect.
  • Inspired by the memoirs of Ralph M.’s experience with bullying, this graphic novel uses beautifully illustrated pages to tell the true story of how kids view friendships, bullying and challenging social situations.



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of students ages 12 to 18 experience bullying.

When some kids at Alex’s new school start bullying him, he just wants to escape. He feels guilty and stressed about what’s happening. But what can he do?

The challenges Alex experienced are common. Still, there are important steps you can take when you or someone you know is being bullied. Find out how Alex gets help and discovers his life beyond bullying.

Bullying affects all youths, including those who are bullied, those who bully others, and those who witness bullying — but the voices of those affected are rarely heard amid the complexity of modern medicine.

My Life Beyond Bullying: A Mayo Clinic patient story is part of the My Life Beyond graphic novel series. Created through collaboration among pediatric patients, their doctors, and children’s author and illustrator Hey Gee, each book in the series dives into the mind and imagination of a child patient at Mayo Clinic to explain how children experience illness, challenges, and recovery.

2021 • 40 pages • Mayo Clinic Press

By Hey Gee • As told by Ralph M. • Edited by Bridget K. Biggs, Ph.D., L.P. • Illustrated by Hey Gee

Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee is a French and American author and illustrator. He began his career in 1998 by exploring the world of street art and graffiti in different European capitals. After moving to New York, Hey Gee developed a reputation for a direct and instantaneous style of graphic design and illustration that brings out unifying ideas, creates distinctive characters, and affects all generations. He is also the owner and creative director of Hey Gee Studio, a full service creative agency based in New York City.

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