Bullying can affect anyone and can increase a person's chance of developing anxiety or depression.
It can be face-to-face or happen online, and it can affect young people and adults, such as in the workplace.
With the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on March 17, now is a good time to discuss bullying, the impact it has on mental health and strategies to deal with it.
The Land and Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) have partnered to get more people talking about mental health during Friday Forums. The next event is at noon today, March 3.
The panel members will answer your questions about important issues, including:
- What are the signs someone is experiencing bullying or cyber bullying;
- What action to take when you or someone else is being bullied;
- Where and when to get help, including how to talk about it.
The panellists are Rachael Buckerfield, a counsellor and psychologist with TAFE Western; Nicole Manktelow, a psychologist with about 20 years’ experience, and now at Headspace Orange and Bathurst, and Sonja Peter who works with Interrelate as a case manager for the Building Stronger Families program, and is a School Services Educator, developing bullying awareness programs.
- Watch this space at 12 noon on March 3.
- Contact Lifeline on 131 114 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.