Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else. It includes name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours or threatening someone.

It can happen anywhere – at school, college or university, at home, online or in the workplace. It's often repeated over a long period of time, but it can also be a one-off.

If you're being bullied, it can be a horrible feeling, but there are things you can do - don't ever just accept it and think it will go away.

Our Experiences

By young people, for young people

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"With LGBTQ plus, loads of people tend to be bullied. In fact, I was walking in a hallway a few months ago and loads of people made some really bad homophobic comments. I reported it. Teachers did a little bit about it, not much though. And my friends have been bullied and had homophobic comments.

"It was just uncomfortable. But I managed to sort it out and if they did continue, I just ignored it. I talked to family and, at this point they didn't know, but when I told them they were very supportive and they gave me loads of advice and the bullying stopped.

"It took a long process for the bullying to stop. If you keep telling the teachers and everything, they will do something about it. Maybe go on some websites as well because they can help."

Freya, Age 14

(Some names changed to protect people's identities)

All You Need to Know

Who Can Help?

You can talk to your parents or carers, or a trusted adult within your school or setting, or any trusted friend.

Kooth offers online counselling, advice and emotional well-being support 7 days a week until 10pm. 

MAP Norfolk can give free and confidential support, information and advice on issues such as housing, money and mental health. You can call 01603 766994 or email info@map.uk.net.

If you live in Norfolk:

If you're 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for anonymous and confidential advice and guidance from a health professional. Chat Health is available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

You can also contact the Norfolk Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you live in Waveney:

You can call the Suffolk School Nursing service on 0345 607 8866 or email childrenshealth@suffolk.gov.uk.

Urgent Mental Health Support

For 24/7 immediate advice, support and signposting for anyone with mental health difficulties please contact 111 and select the mental health option. 

If you feel someone's life is at risk or they cannot be kept safe, call 999 or go to A&E.

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