Anti-Bullying Week – How to tell if someone is being bullied

As part of Anti-Bullying Week (13th-17th Nov) which is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), our colleague Nicola Martin, is helping to’Make A Noise About Bullying’ by writing some articles on this subject. In this article, she looks at the signs to look out for, that someone could be being bullied.

When you’re being bullied it can seem like a never ending cycle that you can’t escape from and you might find it hard to tell someone this is happening. It can be very worrying if you think someone you care about is being bullied and hard to find out if this is the case.

The following can be signs that someone is being bullied.

Signs of Bullying

  • Depression, loneliness, or anxiety.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Headaches, stomach-aches, tiredness.
  • Poor eating habits.
  • Missing school, disliking school, or having poor school performance.
  • Self-destructive behaviours i.e., running away from home, or inflicting harm on oneself.
  • Thinking about suicide or attempting to commit suicide.
  • Unexplained injuries.
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewellery.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares.
  • Sudden loss of friends, or avoidance of social situations.

It can be easy to think that the bullying will get worse if you tell someone, but only by sharing what is happening to you can you take the power away from your bully and get some support to help you.

If you’re worried about bullying or feel that someone you care for is being bullied, the ABA website has some useful advice and support, follow the link below.

Bullying Advice and Support

By Nicola Martin