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Bullying is repeated behaviour that is intended to harm someone. Bullying can also be a misuse of power, such as in a personal or professional relationship.

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

Different types of bullying include:

If you, or someone you know is being bullied, it's important to tell an adult you trust and ask for help. If you don't want to or feel you have no one to talk to, you could try one of the phone helplines below.

If you are a bully, be aware that this behaviour not only has long-term negative effects on people you're bullying but also on yourself. Take time to have a think about what you are doing and why. If you can’t control your bullying you may need some help to change your behaviour.

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.

Phone helplines

0800 What's Up?

A free counselling helpline and webchat service for children and teenagers.

Freephone: 0800‑942‑8787

Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 11 pm

Weekends 3 pm to 11 pm

You may prefer to chat online Monday to Friday, 1 pm to 10 pm.

You can also read about different kinds of bullying, why people get bullied, and how to deal with it.


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. You can also chat online using the webchat between 10 am and 10 pm, 7 days a week.

You can also read about bullying, and how to get help for yourself or a friend.

  HealthInfo recommends the following pages

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

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed January 2021.


See also:

Anger in youth & teens

Emotional & physical abuse

Stress in youth & teens

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