Anyone can be bullied – it isn’t restricted by age, race, gender, religion or sexuality. It can happen anywhere, from the classroom, street or sports field to the home, online or in the workplace. Being bullied can lead to the following:

  • Anger, hurt

  • Feeling threatened or scared

  • Feeling humiliated

  • Feeling vulnerable or isolated

Many people who experience bullying may fear a comeback, punishment or revenge if they tell someone. This is often harder for younger and older people experiencing bullying. People who don’t talk about what is happening can become more and more isolated, and their mental health can suffer.

It can be really helpful to talk about what is happening.  Talking about it can:

  • Help you to feel less alone and helpless

  • Result in action that stops the bullying

  • Protect your mental health

Support for bullying

It can help to talk to someone in confidence. If you are worried about what will happen if you tell, talk to someone who is completely separate from the situation.

If the bullying or harassment happens:

  • In a school or college
    Talking to your parents, a teacher or a counsellor you trust can really help. You can also read up on the school / college policy on bullying to find out what should happen when you report bullying. Visit ReachOut.com for lots of supportive information on what you can do about bullying.

  • In a public place
    You can report the incident to Gardai. It might help to bring someone you trust with you, when you make the report.

  • Online or via text 
    It is best not to reply to the messages. You can save the images or text and talk to someone you trust. You can also report bullying to online service providers such as Facebook and Twitter. Go to ReachOut.com for more information on online and text bullying.

  • At work
    Find out whether your workplace has a policy about bullying, and follow the policy guidelines. You can also talk to a supervisor or manager, talk to a supportive colleague, your union or the H.R. department.  If you don’t think you can talk to anyone in your workplace, you could talk to a supportive friend or family member or look for support from a counsellor or through the legal advice section in your local Citizens Infomation Centre. Find out more about workplace bullying from the Health and Safety Authority.