It can be hard to be who you are in high school, when all you really want is to just fit in. And while you may feel alone in a building full of hundreds of students, there are others like you. Others who are afraid to be who they are. Afraid to go to school. There are others who are lonely. Sad. Angry. Because it is hard being a teenager. And high school does suck. But life gets better. Make sure you stick around to check it out.
It Gets Better
What You Can Do If You Are Being Bullied
- You have the right to feel safe at school, in your community and online. Talk to someone you trust: a friend, a teacher, a coach or a counsellor. Adult intervention stops bullying. Tell someone so they can help stop the harassment. You don’t have to deal with this alone! If you can’t say how you feel out loud, use this letter to write it down, then get it to someone who can help.
- Take away their power. Stand tall – even when you feel small. Smile – even when you want to cry. Act brave – even though you are scared.
- Hang out with friends who support you. Walk in groups, not by yourself. Enrol in activities or sports that you enjoy and make you feel good.
- You have human rights. You have dignity. You matter! Stand up for yourself without being aggressive – because using aggression almost always makes the problem worse. In some cases, when bullying is severe, you may need to seek help from the police. If you are being threatened, or have been hurt, or harassed, the law is there to protect you.