Media release: Friday 5 June 2015
Make a Noise about Bullying
Tonight (Friday 5 June 6.30pm), children and young people are being encouraged to Make a Noise about bullying with the launch of the official Anti-Bullying Week video at One Direction’s On the Road Again tour in Cardiff.
The video which has been created by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, hosted by the National Children’s Bureau, with support from Barclays, paints a vivid picture of the effects of bullying, and encourages all children and young people to stand up and Make a Noise about bullying, whether it is happening to them or someone else.
Bullying thrives in a culture of silence and fear – and we know that if left unchecked it has significant impact on short and long term mental health into adulthood. This is why the Anti-Bullying Alliance are working in partnership with Young Minds on the run up to the week to raise awareness of the links and support all young people to speak out.
Lauren Seager-Smith, National Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance said:
We need to empower children and young people to Make a Noise about bullying – wherever and whenever it happens. Through Anti-Bullying Week we will give teachers the tools they need to respond quickly and effectively to resolve bullying when it happens, and parents and carers the information they need to support their children with these issues
Lucie Russell, Director of Campaigns and Media, Young Minds said:
“Bullying has a tremendous impact on a young person’s mental health and the effects can last for a long time even when the bullying itself stops. Young people tell us that they want to see long-term support for everyone who is affected by bullying. Too many children are struggling to speak out about bullying and the effects it is having on their lives. YoungMinds is proud to be working with the Anti-Bullying Alliance to help make a noise about bullying in 2015.”
Kathleen Britain, Head of Community Investment at Barclays said:
Through our dedicated colleagues, Barclays is proud to support Anti-Bullying Week later this year. In collaboration with the Anti-Bullying Alliance we’ve developed this video to help raise awareness of the impact that bullying can have on children’s lives. It’s a major issue affecting thousands of young people across the UK today and we want to help empower them to speak out.
Please help Make a Noise about bullying by tweeting our official video: http://bit.ly/1BLYT7G #antibullyingweek with @ABAonline @YoungMindsUK @ncbtweets
For more information please contact the National Children’s Bureau’s media office on 0207 843 6045 / 47 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For urgent enquiries out of office hours call 07721 097 033.
Notes to editor:
How Children and Young People can Make a Noise about bullying:
- For more information go to www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk #antibullyingweek @ABAonline
- If you or someone you know are experiencing bullying and want to speak to someone, please contact ChildLine on 0800 1111
1- A recent study, led by Professor Dieter Wolke, from the University of Warwick, and published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, found that children who were bullied were five times more likely to experience anxiety and twice as likely to talk of suffering depression and self-harm as those who were maltreated at home.
The National Children's Bureau (NCB)
The National Children's Bureau is a leading charity that for 50 years has been improving the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable. We work with children and for children, to influence government policy, be a strong voice for young people and practitioners, and provide creative solutions on a range of social issues. For more information visit www.ncb.org.uk
The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA)
is a unique coalition of organisations and individuals, who work together to reduce bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. ABA is hosted by the National Children's Bureau.
Anti-Bullying Week 2015
Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and runs from 16th-20th November 2015. For more information on how you can get involved in Anti-Bullying Week 2015 visit: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk #antibullyingweek @ABAonline
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.
Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way. With 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays visit: www.barclays.com