Bullying is when someone does something deliberately to hurt, upset or threaten you.
Bullying can be really difficult to deal with and make you feel very upset or low in confidence. Bullying can happen face-to-face, one-to-one or in groups. It is an imbalance of power, which can make it difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. Bullying can take lots of different forms, but includes name calling, being physically violent, spreading rumours or even deliberately leaving people out. It can also happen through social media: texting and cyberbullying are becoming more common. It is important that bullying is taken seriously.
Young people who are bullied are more likely to experience: depression, anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
Other places that can help
- Text “Shout” to 85258 https://giveusashout.org/
- GMMH 24/7 Help Line: Tel: 0800 953 0285 https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/
- NHS Direct Tel: NHS 111 www.nhs24.com/contactus/
- Childline Tel: 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk/
- Papyrus Hope line UK Tel: 0800 068 41 41 https://www.papyrus-uk.org/