Stop BULLYING and Start CARING

Stop BULLYING and Start CARING

November 13, 2019

As it’s national bullying week, it’s important to take the time to understand and raise awareness regarding this issue!

Whether we want to admit this or not, bullying exists, and it happens EVERYWHERE in the world, EVERY SINGLE DAY. It takes place in educational institution, workplaces, within an unhealthy relationship or a faux friendship, at home with toxic family members and emotional vampires at public places. What does ‘bullying’ really mean though?

Please note that this blog contains sensitive topics like depression.

Bullying is any form of unwanted behaviour in the pursuit of degrading, demeaning, disrespecting and/or hurting someone else. More times than not, when we say ‘bullying,’ the first image that comes to mind is physically hurting someone at school. Even though that is a form of bullying, there are also other types of bullying that are important to recognize and understand.

The information shared in this blog is based on my personal experience as a victim of bullying and some online research. As I mentioned, I was a victim of bullying for YEARS. I experienced this in primary school, secondary schools and in toxic relationships. I have been called every name in the book, kicked in the stomach, made fun of, ostracized, belittled, body shamed and even received hate group texts. I know what it’s like to feel alone, stuck and isolated. I still remember how, as a result, I used to have such a negative perception of the world and the impact it had on my mental health, self-confidence and body image. I am writing this blog today because I want to help at least one person! I want to make sure that anyone who is living with, or knows, a victim of bullying that they feel equipped and empowered to take action to support them.
 

Types of Bullying

Verbal: Abuse can be verbal as well, verbal abuse can sting and cut just as deep as physical abuse. Name calling, body shaming, threatening, insulting, catcalling, bigotry, aggression, yelling and manipulation are all types of verbal abuse and harassment. All these revolting forms of verbal abuse can lead to various mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety and can even lead to self-harm or suicide.

Physical: It’s heartbreaking to say but this is one of the most common forms of bullying and it takes place in primary schools all the way through to universities and workplaces. Examples of physical abuse are spitting, kicking, punching, rude hand gestures, tripping and pushing. There are kids out there in the world who get hit on a daily basis, teenagers who get assaulted in school and adults who get injured, or worse, in public areas. It’s time we put a stop to this!

Emotional: This is a type of bullying that is rarely talked about. Emotional bullying/abuse can be anything from humiliation, deliberate ostracisation and/or any tactics to scare or harm someone, which is obviously very destructive and intimidating for the victim.
 

Signs That Someone is Being Bullied

There are several factors that can contribute to these behaviours but it is always best to check up on the people around you to make sure they’re safe and sound. A few of the signs are: 

Ways to Reduce Bullying:

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UK HELPLINES 

If you need help or advice about bullying, please see below for organisations who can provide you with the appropriate information and support:
 

National Bullying Helpline

Call 0845 22 55 787 

 

Childline

Workplace bullying

Acas helpline

Telephone: 0300 123 1100
Textphone: 18001 0300 123 1100
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

 

If you’re located in Birmingham, visit Pause in Digbeth for drop-in sessions
 

Samaritans

Samaritans provides confidential emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us. We are here for you if you’re worried about something, feel upset or confused, or you just want to talk to someone.

Call: 116123 
 

Anxiety UK

National charity established in 1970 to provide support and services to those suffering from all anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, social phobia, simple phobia, phobia and tranquiliser issues.

Call: 08444 775 774.
 

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone line you can call when you’re feeling down. You might be worried about something – money, work, relationships, exams – or maybe you’re just feeling fed up and can’t put your finger on why.

Call: 0800 83 85 87. 
 

Living Life to the Full

Living Life to the Full is an online life skills course made up of several different modules designed to help develop key skills and tackle some of the problems we all face from time to time.