Our Youth Work Apprentice Jack has written a blog post for mental health charity YoungMinds, talking about his personal experience of bullying.
As an Ambassador for the YoungMinds Vs Bullying Campaign, Jack is helping to raise the profile of this issue nationally and has created an online petition demanding better long-term support for victims of bullying, and also for the bullies themselves, as they may also be contending with their own problems.
In his blog, Jack shares a first-hand account of the bullying he experienced while at school and how he was subsequently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. An excerpt from his post is below:
“Bullying may be bad, but for me it was good and bad because I would never have started volunteering, I wouldn’t have the experience I have now and most importantly I wouldn’t now be in a Level 2 Youth Work Apprentice job at age 16 at Youth Focus: North East.”
To read the blog in full and to find out more about the YoungMinds Vs Campaign, visit the YoungMinds website.