What is Bullying

What is Bullying?

Bullying is an emotional or physical behaviour, that is repeated.  It is intended to control, hurt, intimidate another person.

Bullying does not just happen in the work place or at school, it can happen with neighbours, various relationships outside of school and employment settings, and by people you know and don’t know online.

What is Bullying

Bullying can lead to long term mental health problems.  The effects of bullying do not leave when you leave the workplace or school, or turn your laptop or phone off.  The ongoing effects of bullying can cause depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, feelings of anger, leading to serious short term and long-term effects on the individual.

People that bully are acting out a behaviour. There can be many reasons for this; learnt behaviour, coping mechanism, experiencing bullying themselves, lack of awareness on how it can affect a person, for their own gain.

Many people associate bullying with something that happens in our youth.  Although bullying can be an issue in our youth, it can occur at any age and at any time in our life.

Due to Covid-19 young people are have increased anger, anxiety, and low mood. These can all be factors that lead to bullying behaviour or becoming a target of bullying.

Types of Bullying

Physical

Pushing, kicking, tripping, any kind of unwanted or force full contact.

Verbal

Name calling, jokes or offensive remarks about a person's; gender, religion, appearance, socioeconomic status, ethnicity.

Social

Name calling, jokes or offensive remarks about a person's; gender, religion, appearance, socioeconomic status, ethnicity.

Indirect

Excluding others from a group, spreading lies, rumours, exaggerated stories.

Cyber

Sending pictures, videos, messages using an electronic device.

Intimidation

Using threats to intimidate others.

Mate Crime

Mate crime is a hidden form of disability hate crime, where vulnerable people, such as those with autism, are bullied or manipulated by people they consider to be friends.

Effects of Bullying

Adults and young people

Anxiety, depression, time off work/school, isolation, withdraw, anger which can be directed towards themselves or people around, long term mental health problems, problems with physical health, self-harm, substance misuse.

Family Members

Feelings of failure, isolation with not knowing what to do, develop an obsession worrying about the situation which can lead to raised stress levels, feelings of anger, leading to further issues.

Workplace

Large staff turnover, un-happy working environment, financial costs – covering sickness, legal cost, impact on company’s reputation, reduced productivity.

how to get help

If you or someone you know are experiencing any of the above you can contact Spiral for confidential support.

You can complete a referral form online, or request one to be sent by email or post. Spiral also welcomes referrals from other GP’s and other organisations.

Once the referral form has been handed in, you will be contacted within fifteen working days to arrange the first meeting.

You can call Spiral on 01228 642641 to ask any questions. If no one answers your call, leave a voice mail, text message, or email and someone will contact you as soon as they are available.

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