Bullying; speak even if your voice shakes
This Friday 16 March 2018 marks National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and the headspace Bathurst Consortium is asking community members to take action against bullying in schools, at home and at the workplace.
The Consortium members and headspace Bathurst staff will be wearing blue as part of the #doitforDolly campaign to stamp out bullying.
“We’re are asking Bathurstians to take a proactive stance against bullying by encouraging onlookers, teachers, family and friends to play a larger role in recognising and intervening any instances of bullying,” comments Karen Golland, Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator at headspace Bathurst.
“The key message that has come out of the #doitforDolly campaign is to speak even if your voice shakes. This message is so important to remember when intervening against actions of bullying.”
Kellie Fuller, headspace Bathurst Youth Care Coordinator, asserts that if a young person feels that they are the victim of bullying whether in person or online; they can tell a parent, a trusted adult or teacher immediately as bullying is never acceptable.
“The first thing we need to do is destroy the excuse that bullying is just a part of growing up or being different. Bullying is never acceptable and the sooner we realise how damaging it is and that there are ways to prevent it, the better it will be for young people and their overall wellbeing.”
Research shows that bullying can have serious short term and long term effects on a young person’s physical and mental health, school performance, as well as negative effects on their families, relationships and the broader community. Parents and friends have been identified as being in the best positions to notice if something is wrong.
“Signs to look out for are changes in behaviour or mood as well as signs of emerging mental and physical health issues. If you’re concerned, talk to them! Ask them if there is something going on, what lunchtime at school is like, do they feel lonely or isolated? Don’t forget to be respectful and empathetic in your response and understand they may find it difficult to talk at first,” highlights Golland.
Resources for young people:
Resources for families:
- How to talk about suicide with young people
- Understanding self-harm for families
- Understanding bullying for families
- Social media advice for families
- Information for parents and carers
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The primary focus of headspace is the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians. headspace helps 12 – 25 year olds going through a tough time through a national network of over 100 headspace centres. headspace also offers online and telephone counselling services through eheadspace. headspace can help young people with general health, mental health, education and employment and alcohol and other drug services. headspace was established by the Australian Government in 2006. From 1st July 2016, headspace centres across Australia are now managed by Primary Health Networks. Primary Health Network’s receive funding from the Australian Government to support headspace centres. Visit headspace.org.au to find a headspace centre or access help.
headspace Bathurst media contact:
Emily Roberts: Communications Officer, Marathon Health: 0428 924 523