Six warning signs for bullying
Bullying can have a harrowing impact on someone’s mental health. With statistics showing there were over 24,000 Childline counselling sessions for children being bullied in 2016/17, it has never been more important to spot the signs early. Currently in the UK, we are witnessing the “biggest expansion of mental health services in Europe” as more and more people come forward with mental health issues. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. That’s why this week, Pulse is supporting Anti-Bullying Week where this year’s theme is ‘All Different, All Equal’.
What’s the objective?
The aim of the week is to empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them unique and to encourage parents and carers to work with schools and talk to their children about bullying.
Our top six warning signs:
- Unexplained injuries
- Noticeable loss of confidence
- Changes in sleeping pattern
- Worrying or being afraid to go to school
- Changes in eating behaviour
- Belongings getting lost or damaged
Do you know someone displaying these signs?
If you think someone you know is being bullied, the best thing you can do is create a safe environment where they feel comfortable enough to be honest about how they are feeling. If the bullying is taking place at school, make sure that teachers are made aware. If the bullying is taking place online, ensure the bully is blocked across all social media channels and their number is blocked if it is occurring via text or through instant messaging apps.
Did you know?
Pulse has vacancies for professionals across the breadth of the mental health sector, as well as in the education sector for teachers. If you want to find your next role in these areas, take a look through our current vacancies here.