What to do if you’re being bullied

This week is Anti-Bullying Week. Find out what bullying is and what to do if you’re being bullied.

What is bullying?

Bullying can happen in many places – on the way to school, in school, in the workplace or online.

Bullying is a continued and unwanted behaviour towards somebody with the intention to hurt them. This can happen either physically (e.g., hitting), verbally (e.g., calling names or spreading rumours), or emotionally (e.g., by leaving people out on purpose).

What should I do if I’m being bullied?

If you feel like you’re being bullied, here are our tips:

  1. Don’t keep it to yourself. Talk to a teacher or a friend or someone that you trust about what’s been happening to try and look at solutions.
  2. Take some time to have some self-care activities. If you’re being bullied, it’s not your fault and you don’t deserve it. Our self-care booklet may help you look after yourself and improve your self-esteem.
  3. Reach out for support. You could speak to someone today by calling our free helpline, Guide-Line, or refer yourself for one-to-one support with our children and young people’s team, Know Your Mind.

Get support today:

  • If you’re in mental health distress (having severe anxiety or panic attacks, suicidal thoughts or intense depression), call First Response on 0800 952 1181 and ask for ‘Safe Spaces‘ crisis support.
  • If you’re not in distress but need to speak to someone, contact Guide-Line. Guide-Line is our phone and live chat service which runs from 8am – 12am (midnight) – available 365 days a year:

Get ongoing support:

  • Make a self-referral to our Know Your Mind service to get one-to-one support with our children and young people’s team. You could also attend our Mind Zone wellbeing group sessions.
  • Visit our Youth in Mind page to find other support for you in the Bradford District and Craven. 

Aditi began struggling with her mental health after being a victim of racism and bullying in primary school.

Hear how support from Know Your Mind has helped her:

Posted on: 16th November 2022

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