Anti-Bullying Week

14th November 2022 - 18th November 2022

This year, Anti-Bullying Week will take place from Monday 14th – Friday 18th November with the theme ‘Reach Out’.

What do we mean by bullying?

‘Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online’: Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Notice words such as ‘repetitive’ and ‘intentional’. It is important to deal with anything that makes us feel angry, sad or hurts us, but note that bullying is not just a one-off incident. It is something that continues to happen over time. Experiencing bullying can affect a person’s mental health and wellbeing in many ways. People who experience bullying can feel lonely, isolated, angry, sad and sometimes depressed. This can have a knock-on effect in all aspects of someone’s life such as school, home life and friendships. Tragically, it can even lead to self-harm or someone taking their own life.

Bullying is a serious issue and is something that everyone can play a part in preventing as well as supporting those who experience it.

What is this year’s theme?

This year, the theme is ‘Reach Out’. What do you think this theme means and why do you think it has been chosen? Watch the video below to find out more.

‘Reach Out’ is a theme that can mean different things. It can mean reaching out to someone who is experiencing bullying to offer them help and support. Or it can mean reaching out if you are experiencing bullying yourself. You should never suffer alone, always seek help. Sometimes just sharing a problem can be the start to things getting better.

Who should I ‘reach out’ to?

There is always somewhere to get help. You can reach out to trusted adults such as family members, carers or teachers. You can also reach out to friends that you trust. Sometimes, it can be helpful to reach out to someone who does not know you personally. You can find a list of helplines and websites at the bottom of this email.

If you are experiencing online bullying, report the persons account and inform a trusted adult. Although you should not be pressured off social media due to bullying, it is important to have time away from your screen to protect your mental health and wellbeing, especially if it is affecting you negatively.

How else can I help?

If you see someone who is being bullied or know it is happening to someone, you can help and support them in a range of ways.

  • Being there and listening to someone can be a great first step in offering someone support and giving them the opportunity to be heard
  • Informing someone on how and where to get support and being there for them as a friend is the perfect way to reach out and show support
  • If you see someone being bullied, do not just be a bystander and ensure you do something about it e.g. alert an adult, support the victim of bullying

Helplines and support


  • ChildLine: ChildLine is the UK’s free, confidential helpline for children and young people. They offer advice and support, by phone and online, 24 hours a day. Whenever and wherever you need them, they’ll be there. Call 0800 1111. They have a designated page for bullying issues that includes a new video about building up your confidence after bullying.
  • Direct Gov: Information for young people on cyberbullying, bullying on social networks, Internet and email bullying, bullying on mobile phones, bullying at school, what to do about bullying, and information and advice for people who are bullying others and want to stop.
  • EACH : EACH has a freephone Helpline for children experiencing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying or harassment: 0808 1000 143. It’s open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.
  • Victim Support: They offer support to young people affected by crime. Their Children and Young People’s (CYP) Service also deals with cases of bullying; offering advice and working with professionals to ensure young people get the support they need. You can call their Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111.


The websites below have lots of information and advice for anyone who has experienced bullying.