Why Bullying Must Not Be Tolerated

Bullying puts your young people at risk for increased mental health related issues. Family and friends of young people we can play a critical role in supporting young people involved in or experiencing bullying. Positive relationships can help protect young people from the negative consequences associated with being bullied.

Bullying is a repeated verbal, physical, or social behaviour directed towards another person by one or more individuals over time. 

Bullying takes many forms and can occur face-to-face or online such as verbal and/or physical abuse, deliberate cyber-stalking or sending hate email. It can also be less obvious, such as deliberately excluding others or speaking rumours. Cyber bullying is a form of bullying that uses technology such as text messages, email and social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram or YouTube to carry out the behaviour.

Bullying is not simply “part of growing up”. It can have serious effects on a young person’s physical and mental health, their school performance, as well as having negative effects on families and the broader community.

How can you help:

  • Let them know they are not alone
  • Make sure they are safe
  • Try to develop a trusting relationship and ask questions
  • Establish and maintain good communication
  • Be involved
  • Be prepared to seek help
  • Provide reassurance
  • Support them to problem-solve
  • Support them to make new friends and maintain existing friendships
  • Build their confidence

For more information visit headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/goulburn/or contact us on 02 4824 4944.

Other support organisations: 

Lifeline: 13 11 14 (crisis support)

Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800

Parents Helplines: 1300 1300 52

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