Nobody is safe from bullying. It can happen at school, at work, during sports activities, or even in a family.
- Feel anxious, humiliated, depressed, sad, unhappy or easily irritated.
- Have difficulty developing relationships.
- Want to avoid school or another activity.
- Have difficulty concentrating.
- Have low self-confidence.
- Often feel sick.
- Self-harm or have substance abuse issues.
- Have suicidal thoughts.
If you are being bullied or want help for someone who is, call us at 1-800-675-6168.
When you watch someone being bullied, you are providing the bully with an audience. 85% of cases of bullying happen in front of a group. The audience effectively enhances the power imbalance between the person being bullied and the one doing the bullying.
- 1Walk away from the situation to avoid encouraging the person doing the bullying.
- 2Step in to defend the person being bullied.
- 3Comfort the person being bullied.
- 4Ask for help on behalf of the person being bullied.
- 5Tell someone you trust about it.
A person who bullies is exerting power over another person in order to inflict physical, verbal or social injury. The following is a non-exhaustive list of typical behaviours by persons who bully:
- They generally have distinctive personality traits and aggressive behaviours.
- They want to dominate others.
- They readily submit to peer pressure.
- They feel the need to win and to be in control.
- They have no remorse.
- They have difficulty accepting responsibility for their errors.
- They tend to be impulsive and disruptive.
A person who is bullying others may feel depressed, aggressive, delinquent, have suicidal thoughts, and even attempt to take their own life. Such a person is more likely to have children with behavioural or aggressive issues.
If you believe that you are being bullied, tell someone you trust (parent, teacher, co-worker, school management, help-line, etc.). For additional support, Valoris offers resources that can help you find solutions.