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GROWING PAINS

During adolescence, things get so hard that many teens give up. They have many internal and external resources, but they do not know how to use them. Their world quickly becomes a place of great confusion and stress. They face conflicting demands between their parents, teachers and friends. The messages they get through the media and from other sources, like internet forums and social sites, only confuse them more. If you ask teens, though they dedicate every bit of their energy to discovering their identity, they are not sure who they are.

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‘Some kids who are bullied believe it’s their fault. They think there is something wrong with them and they are worth picking on.’ Evan, 14


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‘ Believe in yourself. No-one deserves to be treated like that. Bullying is bad... it makes you feel bad ­– but YOU are not bad – it’s the bullying that’s bad – not you!’ Paul,a 18

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If you are being bullied you might:

  • Feel anxious, depressed, lonely or insecure and feel like crying a lot.  
  • Be unable to concentrate in class.  
  • Feel angry and wonder why this is happening to you.  
  • Regularly end up in physical fights or arguments while trying to defend yourself.  
  • Feel afraid to go to school and nervous if you’re on your own.  
  • Think the problem is relentless and wonder if it will ever stop.  
  • Feel lonely, isolated and avoid group situations.  
  • Spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to do or where to go to avoid being harassed.  
  • Think your parents would be worried or upset if you told them.  
  • Notice that your health is suffering such as changes in your appetite, difficulty sleeping or tension headaches.  
  • Feel afraid to check text messages or emails or look at social networking sites like Facebook in case there’s another cruel message about you.  
  • Start to think that maybe the insults and taunts are true and wonder if it’s your own fault.  
  • Have mood swings with a range of feelings from loneliness to anger.  
  • Wish you could talk to someone but you are not sure what you want to say.  
  • No longer enjoy the things you used to enjoy and drop out of activity groups or clubs.  
  • Feel trapped, helpless, withdrawn and like no one understands.  
  • Notice that these feelings are causing you to be unhappy at home and you are feeling moody or short tempered with your parents/carers, brothers or sisters.

REACH OUT


If you are feeling any of these things remember you are not alone and it is not your fault. 


There is help available.


Bullying is a serious problem and all of the feelings that you have are to be expected. 


It’s time to talk about the problem and GET HELP.

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Toni and some of her Youth/Teen family

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