Anti Bullying Week is 14th to 18th Novemeber 2022!
Bullying can have a negative impact on the life of the person being bullied, making them feel isolated, resentful towards themselves and others; their mental health can suffer greatly from all of this. People who are bullied may be more likely to experience depression, anxiety and sometimes long term damage to their self-esteem. On top of this, it can often result in people either self-harming, considering suicide and even committing suicide. A study from 2020 revealed that 39% of young people that had been bullied had self-harmed, with 40% even considering taking their own life. This is something we need to change. Together, we all need to both prevent bullying and ensure that if it does happen there is support available.
We can make sure that there are certain actions that people know they can take if they are being bullied. Often when being bullied, it can be scary to reach out to someone out of fear of being mocked further, or “What’s the point, nothing will be able to be done about it”. However, this does not have to be the case. Across the UK, there are many charities who work tirelessly to stop bullying and have helpful resources available. Here are a few of them:
At Burton and District Mind we are here to support you and your mental health in non-judgemental ways. If you are struggling with your mental health and need help please reach out to us.