Looking after yourself
There are many people who can support you, including friends, teachers, family members, counsellors, managers or parents. They can talk with you about how you are coping and what support you need. If your feelings of stress, anxiety or sadness get too intense, a counsellor, youth worker or doctor can help. You can talk to a counsellor in person (at the local medical clinic, headspace), online (Beyond Blue Support Service, eheadspace, Kids Helpline) or by phone (Beyond Blue Support Service, Kids Helpline).
Talking to someone about how you feel can seem a bit strange at first, particularly if it’s not something you do often, but it’s a good habit to get into. By talking about what is going on you can begin to look at how you are feeling, why you are feeling that way and what you can do about it.
You may not be able to stop the bully doing hurtful things, but you can take control over how you respond to them and how you look after yourself. You might decide to do more things that you enjoy, focus on your positive or helpful thoughts, spend time with friends you trust, or exercise to cope better with the stress.