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Bullying

Bullying is serious. It can happen anywhere, it can be done by anyone – and it doesn't just happen to young people.

If you, or someone you know is being bullied, it's important to tell someone you trust and ask for help.

And if you have been told you are a bully, maybe it's time to have a think about what's going on and see if you need some extra help.

The links below have information to help young people who are being bullied, and also to help those who have been accused of bullying to change their behaviour.

Phone helplines

0800 What's Up

Freephone: 0800‑942‑8787

Monday to Friday, 1 pm to 10 pm

Weekends 3 pm to 10 pm

You can also read about different kinds of bullying, why people get bullied, and how to deal with it. Plus you can chat to a counsellor online.

Youthline

Freephone 0800‑376‑633 (any time) or free TXT: 234 (8 am to midnight) to speak to a counsellor.

Email talk@youthline.co.nz any time. Counsellors aim to respond to emails within 48 hours, so if you need help immediately it is better to phone, txt, or use the online chat.

You can also read about bullying, and how to get help for yourself or a friend. Plus you can chat to a counsellor online.

  HealthInfo recommends the following pages

Cyberbullying

Your legal rights and what you can do

On the next page: How to help if your teen is being bullied.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated February 2017.

See also:

Anger in youth & teens

Emotional & physical abuse

Stress in youth & teens

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