Anti-Bullying Week - All Different, All Equal
Anti-Bullying Week runs from 13th – 17th November to put a spotlight on the problem of bullying across the UK.
Bullying is a behaviour we tend to associate with school children in the playground, but sadly, the reality is that even as we get older the problem can still remain, whether it’s in university, the workplace or even at home.
It goes without saying that Wrexham Glyndwr has a zero-tolerance attitude to bullying – however it can sometimes be the case that a victim of bullying may not realise what is happening or is not aware of the effect that it is having on their state of mind.
How to tell if you are being bullied?
Bullying can take place in a number of different forms, so it may not always be obvious to the victim or the people around them.
The more blatant forms of bullying can be physical, however words can hurt just as much. Perhaps someone is making fun of you, using threatening language towards you or manipulating you in some way? In today’s world Cyber bullying is all too common, and abuse can be directed at you via email or social media.
The theme for Anti-Bullying week this year is ‘All Different, All Equal’. Bullying often occurs because someone is perceived as a specific target. You may be singled-out because of your sexuality or your ethnic origin, even down to something as simple as your weight or hair colour.
Bullying can happen for any reason at all, but the bottom line is there is absolutely no excuse. And most importantly – it is not your fault.
How might it affect you?
Bullying can have a devastating impact on our mental health. Even if you are the type of person that would normally brush-off negative comments, hearing criticism from others isn’t pleasant and can leave you feeling anxious or worried.
Victims of bullying can start to question their self-worth, perhaps blaming themselves, worried that it’s down to something they’ve done. It’s not uncommon for these negative feelings to affect your behaviour, leading to you becoming more withdrawn and isolated.
How do I stop it?
Being a target of bullying can knock your confidence, and sadly this is one of the main reasons why many instances of bullying go unreported, as victims are too afraid to speak out.
If you can, please try and talk to someone about your experience. This could be a friend or a family member, your personal tutor or if you feel uncomfortable talking about it to someone that you know then you may feel more comfortable speaking to your GP, or a counsellor.
At Wrexham Glyndwr we offer a free counselling support service to all our students. You can chat – in complete confidence – about any problem, no matter how big or small you feel it might be.
There are also lots of helpful resources available online if you are looking for advice, or want to reach out to others in similar situations.
What if I witness bullying?
It can be all too easy to turn a blind eye to a situation when we aren’t directly involved, but ignoring the situation may reinforce the notion that bullying is acceptable.
If you believe that a friend or colleague is being bullied, then it’s important to support them however you can. This may simply be talking to them and making sure they are okay.
If it’s not someone you are particularly close to, even just including them in your conversation can give them a real confidence boost and let them feel that they’re not alone.
If you have the opportunity to stand up to the bully on their behalf, this can sometimes work to make them realise what they are doing, but it’s not wise to take this action if you feel it could compromise the situation for your friend and make things worse for them.
To speak to someone in confidence, please contact our counselling team. Drop in sessions are available Monday to Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
For more information on Anti-Bullying week please visit bullying.co.uk/anti-bullying-week or follow the conversation on Twitter #AntiBullyingWeek