Bullying can be defined as repeated and unwanted behaviour with intent to hurt another person, physically or emotionally. It can take many forms, including verbal threats, physical assault, calling names, gossiping and cyberbullying. The legal definition of bullying which specifically relates to someone's age, sex, disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity or marriage, is harassment.
Whether you are currently being bullied, have been bullied in the past or are affected by it in another way, many people find counselling helpful. A therapist can help you explore what is happening and your options and responses, in private and without judgement. Bullying may have affected you at an earlier time in your life, but it may have been a factor in developing other issues such as anxiety, depression or low self-esteem.
It may be that you suspect a friend, loved one or colleague is being bullied or is on the receiving end of cyberbullying and you would like to offer support. A person being bullied may need an ally and to know that they don't have to suffer in silence.