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People urged to ‘choose respect’ for Anti-Bullying Week

People in Lambeth are being urged to ‘choose respect’ to help tackle bullying and improve the mental health of children and young people in the borough. 

This year, for Anti-Bullying Week (12-16 November), children and young people are being encouraged to set a positive example by opting to respect each other and to show that bullying behaviour is a choice.

Parents are also being encouraged to play their part by talking to their children about bullying and understanding the importance of effective listening.

There is a serious link between bullying and the short- and long-term mental health of young people, according to research which shows that among those who have been bullied, 44 per cent experience depression, 41 per cent experience social anxiety, and 33 per cent have suicidal thoughts[1].

It is not just a problem among the young; a poll by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), suggests  that more than four in 10 children had seen adults bullying each other during the last six months. Almost all of those surveyed wanted adults to show more respect to each other[2].

Dr Adrian McLachlan, a local GP and Chair of NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“There is a vicious circle between mental health and bullying as it can have a detrimental impact on children and young people's mental health but children and young people with mental health issues are also more likely to be bullied.

“The impact of bullying can last well in to adulthood so we are urging adults to role model the ‘choose respect’ message, and help us stop bullying in schools to prevent it from affecting so many children’s lives.”

In addition to Anti-Bullying Week, schools, colleges, universities and businesses committed to taking part in ‘Wear Blue Day’ on Friday 9 November. The day is an opportunity for all those who have faced, or are experiencing, bullying to come together and take a positive stand, as well as a chance to raise money for the Bullying UK charity.


[2] Research conducted by Censuswide for the ABA with 1,001 children aged 11-16 in England between 17.10.2018 - 22.10.2018.