Bullying Has To Stop Now!

Right Now!

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As a Mum, Dad, Brother, Sister, Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle or Friend, it is almost inconceivable to contemplate losing a loved one for any reason, let alone by the hurt and anxiety caused by another person's words or actions. Bullying in schools is unfortunately becoming more and more commonplace and over recent years has been the cause of many childhood suicides. According to statistics reported by ABC News, 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.

Some of the warning signs of suicide can include:

  • Showing signs of depression, like ongoing sadness, withdrawal from others, losing interest in favourite activities, or trouble sleeping or eating
  • Talking about or showing an interest in death or dying
  • Engaging in dangerous or harmful activities, including reckless behaviour, substance abuse, or self injury
  • Giving away favourite possessions and saying goodbye to people
  • Saying or expressing that they can't handle things anymore
  • Making comments that things would be better without them

Ways to help people who may be considering suicide include:

  • Take all talk or threats of suicide seriously. Get them immediate medical help
  • Keep weapons and medications away from anyone who is at risk of suicide. Get these items out of the house or at least securely locked away
  • Communicate with children about bullying and show them love and support
  • Consider all educational options. Find out whether it is legal to home-school in your area and if a child is being severely bullied at school exercise your right to remove your child and arrange alternative arrangements for education
  • Contact a bullying or suicide helpline

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