*Just adding a trigger warning in case some people find this triggering – Emily <3
If you are being bullied, remember that self-harming won't make anything better. Talk to a councillor about your problems if you can, and always report bullying to someone who can help. Things will get better if you surround yourself with people who love you, such as your family and close friends.
I went around Facebook asking people about their experiences of being bullied, and this is what they had to say:
Hello, my name is Laee, I'm 18 yrs. old. All I remember is that I've been called names. I can't say the names because I don't speak that type of language. But all I know is that it got so bad to the point where I started cutting. Not just that, I would get criticized by my own family as well. Put down by them. Everything I wear it's always criticized by them. It got so bad I started crying myself to sleep and cut. But having all the people that are in my life right now is helping me and I've been almost six months clean. I'm sorry but that's all I remember and some of it is new because it never stops. But I'm getting better, the name calling has stopped but the criticizing hasn't, but other than that I'm good. -Laee, age 18
My name is Brianna, so in about 6-7th grade I was overweight and somewhat stressed about how I looked. My best friend told me how some of the older grades were calling me names such as "fat" "ugly" and some even told me straight up that I was "worthless". I didn’t take it to heart until 8th grade when rumours went around saying just rude things about me that weren't true. This was happening frequently and so I found a way to let my feelings out so I tried cutting. I know it didn’t feel right but I kept doing it, probably about 3 other times. Someone at my school saw and told the principal. More rumours were spread and people started calling me "depressed" and other names that I can’t remember. But not long after my parents separated I started cutting again and once again someone saw and told the principal. This time he contacted my mom and I was brought to a therapist and all that. Eventually I got better and my scars have faded and I’m as strong as I can be. -Brianna, age 14
My name is Mykenna, It all started when I was in kindergarten. I was bullied because I dressed like a girl and had hair like a guy. So everyone made fun of me. In the second grade things got worse. People wouldn’t let me play or be around them. They would always pull out chairs from underneath me, causing me to fall and get hurt. In the 5th grade I finally made a friend but she left and never came back so I gave up on trying to be friendly. I stopped talking to people. Then in the sixth grade I got told to make friends, so I did (or that's what I thought) the girl I made friends with beat me every year from grade six to grade 8 when I finally had enough and had the courage to stand up for myself. When since beat me in the 8th grade I hit her back. Not hard but enough for her to understand I'm done. That year and in grade seven I cut. I have no scars but I did. Last year (grade 9) I got pushed into a bunch of open and hard lockers. The guys who did it put me in a knee brace. But everything has been getting better -Mykenna, age 16
Bullying happens to a lot of people around the world, in every age group. Sadly there will always be bullies, so remember to ALWAYS report bullying. Don't suffer in silence.
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