So, there you have it. We have covered a lot this week, from statistics about bullying to key warning signs for identifying bullies and people who are being bullied. We also covered the short- and long-term effects of bullying, and learned that both bully victims and the bullies themselves can be negatively affected. Lastly, we looked at ways of responding to bullies, the importance of speaking up, and tips for coping better and looking after yourself during periods of stress.
Before embarking on Week 4 of this course, we encourage you to practice the skills you have learnt this week. See if you can set aside some time each day to practice mindfulness and to use some of the other stress management techniques we discussed. If you are currently being bullied, or know someone who is, we also encourage you to make a plan for how you’re going to respond. This may include preparing some comeback lines, rehearsing looking confident in the mirror, or planning who you are going to to tell about the bullying and how.