Bullying and Mental health

Bullying is verbal and mental abuse. It does not only happen to children, it happens to adults too! There are so many ways that could one bully can cause abuse to a victim. Young or old. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour among children and adults, that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

The effects of bullying on mental health:

·         Depression

·          Anxiety

·         Bipolar in extreme cases

·         Development in split personalities due to abuse

·          feelings of sadness and loneliness

·          changes in sleep, may develop insomnia

·         Change in eating patterns

·         loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy

·         increased risk of suicide,

 

How to stop bullying:

·         Stand up for people who are bullied. Bullies often want an audience and approval. Let bullies know that you do not think being mean is cool.

·         Take an anti-bullying pledge. Print out our pledge to stand up against bullying. Share it with your friends, and let people know what you believe. And share our anti-bullying image  on Facebook too.

·         Take action. See if you can start an anti-bullying club or prevention program at your school.

·         Talk to other kids. Try to learn more about where bullying happens at your school. Talk about what might help. See if you and some friends can go together to talk to an adult at school.

·         Talk to your teachers or principal. Let adults at school know that you care about this topic. Ask the school to host an assembly on bullying. Ask for an anonymous survey to learn how many kids are being bullied.

·         Talk to your parents or guardians. Your parents or guardians can ask your school to focus more on bullying. We have information for adults on the bullying page in our section for parents and caregivers.

·         Speak (and write) up! Write a blog, or tweets to tackle bullying.

·         Get creative

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