09 MAY 2013
BeatBullying is thrilled to have received funding from the Department for Education, which will allow us to train thousands of new mentors to provide online and offline support for young people over the next two years.
The funding will also allow us to expand our counselling service to ensure that all those who access our website get the support they so desperately need.
The grants programme from the Department for Education is to allow charities to implement national innovative projects and services to improve outcomes for children, young people and families.
To find out more, visit the Department for Education website.
03 MAY 2013
Today we are launching a new campaign with The Sun newspaper for Ayden's Law – a new children's anti-bullying bill designed to stop bullying in our society once and for all.
In the UK, 44% of all young people who take their own lives do so as a result of bullying. Ayden's Law is a campaign on behalf of all the young people who have lost their lives because of bullying, their families, and any child or young person being bullied today.
BeatBullying, The Sun newspaper, and families of children like Ayden are calling on the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to take action. We want him to call a summit to discuss how we can prevent any more tragedies, and the creation of Ayden's Law.
Find out more about how you can get involved and show your support for the campaign at www.aydenslaw.org
Follow @AydensLaw on Twitter or like BeatBullying's Facebook page to help us spread the word about this campaign.
21 MARCH 2013
We’re excited to let you know that we’ve teamed up with Amelia Lily to launch a ‘Find Your Voice’ competition for creative young people across the UK.
The competition invites budding poets and songwriters to pen a short piece based on the subject of beating bullying, or finding your voice. The winning entry will be produced as a song performed by Amelia Lily, with the winner also given the chance to meet the star.
The competition is the latest element of our partnership with ‘make mine Milk’. We’re hoping it will encourage many young people to speak out about their experience of bullying. It’s always hugely inspiring to hear from creative young people who are passionate about beating bullying, so we’re looking forward to listening to the entries and hearing the winning track.
The closing date for the ‘Find Your Voice’ competition is 12pm on Thursday 18 April 2013. Young people can enter by visiting www.facebook.com/makeminemilk for more info, or by emailing email@example.com.
18 MARCH 2013
Are you 11-17? Are you passionate about mental health and emotional wellbeing? Do you want to make a difference to other young people's lives - and learn loads of skills in the process? If the answer is yes, yes YES, then MindFull needs you!
MindFull is a brilliant new service aiming to completely change the way young people get advice about their mental health and emotional wellbeing. And we're looking to train young people like you to become MindFull Mentors.
Being a MindFull Mentor is a great way to help people who need someone their own age to talk to, learn more about mental health and emotional wellbeing - both your own and in general - and develop lifelong skills like listening and communication.
Join us and help change the world!
Thank you very much
The MindFull Team
15 MARCH 2013
According to a new survey of teens for knowthenet.org.uk, 2 in 3 teens have experienced trolling or online bullying, but hardly any would turn to parents (17%) or teachers (1%) for support as their first reaction.
60% of teens also said they had never reported the problem to the relevant social media website. Teens don’t believe reporting abuse makes any difference; over a third of those deciding not to report the incident said it was because they felt like no action would be taken.
Emma-Jane Cross, CEO and founder of BeatBullying commented: "Bullying both on and offline continues to be a serious problem for a huge number of teenagers and we cannot ignore its often devastating and tragic effects. We work with hundreds of young people being cyber-bullied or trolled so badly that it can lead to depression, truancy, self-harm, or even force them to contemplate or attempt suicide. What’s also concerning is that many young people could be suffering in silence.”
Remember – if you’re under 18 and you are being bullied, speak to one of our BeatBullying Mentors today to get support.
01 MAR 2013
Don’t worry! The programme will be broadcast again on BBC Radio 1, Monday 4th March at 9pm.
Tune in to hear BeatBullying’s Matt commenting on the difficulties that young people face when coming out, including fear of being bullied both on and offline.
The programme also features contributions from the likes of Jaymi Hensley - the X-Factor contestant and member of Union J who came out half way through the last series of the biggest talent show on telly. It also looks at the experiences of 'out' celebrities from the worlds of music and entertainment such as Frank Ocean and Stooshe.
On the programme, Matt commented that: “A generation ago, young people could go home from school and feel like they were in a safe environment. Now because young people live so much of their lives on the internet, they can feel like they have no real escape from bullying.”
Don’t forget, if you’re 11-17 and you’re struggling with homophobic or any kind of bullying, you can talk to one of our mentors online now.
could pay for one of our emergency online counsellors to reach out to a suicidal child before it's too late
could pay for a seriously bullied child to complete a series of contracted counselling sessions with a BeatBullying counsellor, helping them overcome eating disorders, depression and reducing suicidal thoughts
could pay for BeatBullying to visit a school, identify and work with those that are being bullied and work with those that bully to change behaviour. This reduces violence, exclusions and bullying by up to 80%