If you are being bullied
Take action against bullying
When someone is being bullied there are two important things to think about:
- look after yourself or the person being bullied
- take action to try to stop the bullying.
Below are some things to try to reduce the bullying behaviour:
- Ask them to stop.
- Walk away or ignore them.
- Talk to someone.
- Keep a diary.
- Report the abuse to a trusted adult or the police.
- Focus on looking after yourself.
- If things don’t improve get support from a friend, family member or counsellor.
Where to get support
There are many people who can support you, including friends, teachers, family members, counsellors, managers or parents. They can talk with you about how you are coping and what support you need. If your feelings of stress, anxiety or sadness get too intense, a counsellor, youth worker or doctor can help. You can talk to a counsellor in person at your local medical clinic or headspace or call one of the following helplines:
- beyondblue Support Service
Talk – 1300 22 4636
- Kids HelplineTalk – 1800 55 1800
Talk – 13 11 14
- How to protect yourself online
- Office of the eSafety Commissioner: How to deal with cyberbullying
- beyondblue: Bullying and cyberbullying fact sheet
- Kids Helpline: how to deal with being bullied