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Anti-Bullying Week 2018

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This week 12th-19th of November is Anti-Bullying Week. Here’s what our CEO, Kate Majid, had to say about the link between bullying, child mental health and adulthood:

Bullying is never okay and it can affect anyone.

It is estimated that 1.5 million young people in the UK are bullied each year. Of these, 145,800 (19%) are bullied every day.

Being bullied can have a huge impact on a young person’s life, impacting on their mental health.  It can affect them in lots of different ways. They can sometimes feel that they aren’t worth help or that nobody likes them, which makes it even harder for them to ask for help when they need it most.

Children who are bullied can experience negative physical, social and mental health issues. They are more likely to experience depression and anxiety. More likely to have increased feelings of sadness and loneliness. And these feelings can continue into adulthood.

A study in 2016 suggested that 22 per cent of young suicide victims had been bullied.

It is so important that our children understand the link between how they are feeling and what is happening around them. This is where developing emotional literacy or a shared language is vital – by encouraging our kids to talk about how they feel and what is happening in a non-judgemental, safe environment means that we have the opportunity to educate not just them but their teachers, parents and communities.

For advice on what to do if you are being bullied or you know someone who is please download our free support guide http://shawmindfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Shaw-Mind-Guide-to-Bullying.pdf

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