Jun
19

What To Do If You Are Bullied

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More than 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 12 and 18 are bullied at school.

This bullying is often extended into the area of social media.

There is the bullying that causes physical pain and suffering.  Then there is that which causes mental pain and suffering.

The negative repercussions of either form can result in suppressed social abilities and limitations in both family and work environments, at one end of the scale, to suicidal tendencies at the other.

I was one of the lucky ones who managed to pull themselves through to adulthood all the stronger for the years of being bullied, but sadly I know of many who have suffered long-term effects as a result of bullying.

The time is well overdue for communities to learn to recognise these various forms and degrees of bullying, and a safe system put in place for everyone in the community to be able to report such occurrences in a safe and effective way without fear of recrimination.

If you wish to read more on this subject, I can fully recommend the following website:  www.beyondblue.org.au

beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in Australia.  For more information about depression, anxiety, suicide, available treatments and where to get help, visit their website or contact their Support Service on 1300 22 4636.

It also might be worth checking out the MindMatters website which has some great content around bullying in schools: www.mindmatters.edu.au/spotlights/bullying.

 

Categories : Life's Challenges

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