If you’re dealing with bullying, ask for help from a trusted adult. It may not seem like it, but there is always someone you can go to for help.
Find someone who listens well and tell them what’s on your mind. Guidance counselors are expert listeners, but a parent, teacher, or adult you trust can work wonders too.
If you did something wrong to someone, tell an adult you trust about what you did and ask for their advice on how you can make things better.
Remember that you don’t have to deal with your issues by yourself. If you are doing hurtful things to others because someone is hurting you, talk to a trusted adult or a guidance counselor.
If you see bullying and are not sure what to do about it, consider telling an adult in your life what you are seeing, so they can help you figure out what to do.
If you’ve already tried asking for help, and it didn’t work, talk to someone else. Keep trying until you find the help you need.
No one should be afraid to go to school. Tell an adult you trust what’s going on and see if they can help you work out a solution. Be sure to tell them the details of the situation and how you do and do not want it to be resolved.
If another student is talking about self-harm or about suicide, don’t keep this a secret. Tell a trusted adult so the student can get help.
If you are being bullied for your gender identity, don’t keep it inside. Tell an adult you trust, like a parent or guidance counselor, and get support. There are people out there who want to support you.
Find an ally. Tell a parent, a neighbor, a relative, a friend, or your school counselor. Being bullied feels many times worse if you try to endure it alone.
You can take back control, but you don’t have to do it on your own. Remember, bullying is never your fault and you have the right to make it stop. Begin taking back control by talking to your parent or an adult you can trust.
Every student has the right to feel safe at school. If one adult isn’t able to help you, don’t give up! It is your right to talk with another adult, such as a parent or a guidance counselor.
Consider phrases like, “Can I please talk to you in private?” “This kid is bothering me and I can’t get them to stop,” “I need help,” or “This person is threatening me and I don’t know what to do.”