People urged to ‘choose respect’ for
Lambeth are being urged to ‘choose respect’ to help tackle bullying and improve
the mental health of children and young people in the borough.
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.
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
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
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
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.
conducted by Censuswide for the ABA with 1,001 children aged 11-16 in England
between 17.10.2018 - 22.10.2018.