Dealing with bullying
Bullying can have a huge impact on individuals whether they are the subject of the bullying, friends or families, or even witnesses to the bullying. It can take place at school, college, work, socially or even in the home. It can happen to any person at any time, irrelevant of age or location.
National bullying statistics from 2016 highlighted that 1.5 million young people were bullied in the last year alone in the UK. Almost 20% of these were bullied every day.
When we think of bullying, many people tend to think of physical bullying, or violence towards another person. Bullying can take many forms however, be it physical, verbal or psychological.
So what is bullying? Bullying is the persistent aggression by a person or group aimed at another person or group. It intends to hurt. To upset. To distress. Everywhere we look we can find examples of bullying – social exclusion, name calling, physical violence – these are all types of bullying.
There’s never an acceptable excuse for bullying. Although bullies may try to justify their behavior, or blame the person they are bullying, this does not mean the person being bullied is at fault.
The impact of bullying
For those who are bullied, there can be a big impact which could be seen in a number of different ways:
- Some people will find that their mental health and emotional well-being as well as their self-esteem is affected.
- Others may become scared or reclusive. This can lead to feelings of worthlessness and embarrassment which can affect the everyday lives of those being bullied.
- Bullying can lead to a multitude of problems such as isolation or worse still, suicide. Bullying UK research shows that 40% of young people who reported being bullied experienced suicidal thoughts and 39% went on to self-harm.
This is one of the many important reasons we try to put a stop to bullying and support those affected by bullying.
There a number of ways you can get involved with Anti-Bullying Week 2018 which are outlined on the Anti-Bullying Week 2018 website. You can also show your support online using the hashtags #antibullyingweek and #abw18.
Help and support available
If you would like further information on how to deal with bullying and how to approach the topics of bullying, mental health and suicide, please take a look at some of the following websites:
- Anti-Bullying Alliance
- Bullying UK
- Openview Education
- Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB)
- Big White Wall