James’ bullying experiences in high school led to some pretty severe anxiety. He shares how focusing on himself was the thing that got him through.
In hindsight I wish I would have said more and opened up when I got the chance, it's just that fear of not having it taken seriously and being dismissed.
Some key takeaways from James' story:
- Focus on what you have rather than what you don't.
- Think about who you are, rather than what other people think of you.
- It's common to be afraid that you won't be taken seriously, or that you'll be dismissed. Most people are going to be caring, and you don't have to keep it all inside.
- Being bullied isn't a normal part of life. You shouldn't have to accept this and you don't deserve what's happening to you.
- Talking to someone can be so helpful. Get out tips on talking to someone you trust.
- Talking to a professional can be really beneficial. Get some more info about counsellors, GPs and psychologists. Your school, TAFE or uni might have someone on campus who you can talk to, for free.
What can I do now?
- Focus on you. Take 10 minutes to reflect on how you feel about things and what you like doing.
- For more ideas on how to look after yourself, check out this article for our top 5 tips.
- Connect with other young people who have experienced bullying and shared their bullying stories on the ReachOut Forums.