Anti-Bullying week takes place this week, a nationwide event organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance to raise awareness of bullying among children, especially in schools. It’s great that several activities and lesson plans have been created around this to get parents and teachers involved.
Bullying doesn’t just happen to children in schools however, it also effects adults too, sometimes online and even in the workplace.
What is bullying?
Bullying is when an individual or group seek to harm someone, this can be physically, verbally or using mental abuse, that’s bullying.
Specific types of bullying include:
• Homophobic bullying based on your sexual orientation
• Racist bullying because of your skin colour
• Religious bullying because of your beliefs or faith
• Sizeist bullying referring to your body size
• Sexist bullying focusing on you being of the opposite sex
• Cyberbullying targeting you online, often anonymously
• Bullying because you are different
Bullying can happen in the workplace in a variety of ways:
– Overloading of work tasks
– Unfair treatment
– Denying opportunities
The effects of bullying
Bullying can have short term and long term effects on an individual. You may experience several of the following: negative feelings, anxiety, self-harm or develop depression. Bullying can impact on your mental health and if you are experiencing bullying at work it can make you lose faith and demotivate you.
Tips on what you can do and getting help
Remember to speak to someone about your problems, ignoring bullying will not make it go away.
If you’re being bullied online – Tell a trusted adult or colleague. Speak to your IPS Trainer or get in touch with the IPS Safeguarding Officer in confidence. Report online posts / abuse to CEPO (Child exploitation and online protection Centre) – Internet platform host FB or Instagram
If you’re being bullied at work – Speak to someone, get advice on how you need to deal with the problem. Speak to your Manager, someone in the Human Resources Department or again if you’re an Apprentice, speak to your IPS Trainer who is there to support you.
Where to go for help?
There are several support services that you can use if you want to seek additional advice:
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger – https://youngminds.org.uk/
• Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
• If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
• All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced Clinical Supervisors
• Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus
Citizens advice – problems at work