Anti-Bullying Week was 18th – 22nd November 2013. Respect Me, Scotland’s Anti Bullying Service, launched a campaign on the topic: “Before you give advice about bullying, get some.” You can find out more about the campaign and download or order resources here. Bullying behaviour can negatively impact on our mental health, 78% of young people experiencing eating disorders acknowledged that bullying had contributed to their mental illness according to eating disorder charity B-eat.
Ross, one of our Think Positive Ambassadors, wrote this piece about bullying to mark anti bullying week:
Bulling can occur in all In places, targeting kids, adults and all races!
The bully manifests in different ways, from the high school type to the boss that pays.
It can come subtle or be in your face, it can effect you once or remain for dayz.
Taunts and teasing evoking tears, psychologically scared remaining in fear.
Whether a punch a kick, a remark or or brick, it’s all negative you see.
Maybe a flick or bite an online fight, there’s a person hurt, thats me!
Do you fall and perish, let the bully relish, or do you fight back and win, metaphorically sticking one on their chin?
The only advice that I can give comes from bully who was once bullied and who now lives!
In hindsight I see the trauma i brought, the emotions Felt, the lessons taught.
There’s just no point being that guy, no advantages, no perks, just sighs!
See these actions they stay for many years, they haunt you, eat you up ,memories vivid and clear!
It pains me now to know of what I done, that my actions weren’t happy nor fun. I inflicted pain on others and my self, caused harm and stress, I grew weak and fell
If I could go back I’d change the game, respect others, be friends, not lame.
I’d endeavour on a journey where I was director, going happily about my life with no influencing effectors.
No social context to lead my decisions, a positive path full of bright and prosperous visions
So I say to you, old or new, we are all similar inside, revert from
Being a complete stereotype, be true to yourself and glide.