October 10th marks World Mental Health Day 2017. As part of our anti-bullying campaign, supporting The Diana Award, we looked at the impact that bullying in schools has on young people’s mental health throughout childhood and into adulthood.
We have been posting our findings from research by stopbullying.gov and Mind as well as a study by Karolina Zwierzynska on our Facebook and Twitter channels. Some of these posts may be quite surprising, so we wanted to offer advice to anyone who may be affected.
I’m a teacher, how can I help?
If you are being bullied, you are not alone. There are lots of people who want to help. For more information and advice, check out our advice on what to do if you’re being bullied.
I’m struggling with my mental health
If you’re experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 0800 1111 Website: childline.org.uk
Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)
Elefriends is a supportive online community run by Mind where you can be yourself. Website: elefriends.org.uk
I’m worried about a friend
If you are worried about a friend who seems unwell or you are worried about their safety, you should encourage them to seek help. You can find some great advice on how to help someone on the Rethink Mental Illness website here.