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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, 12 noon to 11 pm

Weekends 3 pm to 11 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.


Freephone 0800‑376-633 (any time) or free txt 234 to speak to a counsellor.

Email any time. Counsellors aim to respond to emails within 24 hours, so if you need help immediately it's 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


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. Last reviewed February 2017. Last updated August 2018.

See also:

Anger in youth & teens

Emotional & physical abuse

Stress in youth & teens

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