Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-827-7571
S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) online or call:
Helpline: 1-800-398-GAYS (4297)
Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention:
Eating Disorders Center:
National Domestic Violence Hotline:1-800-799-SAFE
SELF CARE IS A SCROLL AWAY
Self-Care During the School Year
Set goals for yourself at the beginning of the year
Communicate! If there's a teacher you feel safe enough to talk to, tell them if there's something you couldn't get done because of what's going on
Don't overwork yourself. Take mini breaks when doing work
Always have water and snacks by your side
Try to stay away from any energy drinks to help you stay awake. They aren't healthy. Here are some alternatives:
Wash your face thoroughly with cold water and soap
Drink iced water
Make sure you're in a place that is lit brightly and isn't dark. Darkness will make you extra sleepy
Take a few minutes to do a little stretching. Getting some extra blood flow will help
Eat something sour or spicy
If it's absolutely dire and none of the above work, have a small cup of coffee. But try not to rely on it
Remember to listen to your body. Don't over exhaust yourself and don't stress yourself out to the point you feel like breaking down. Step away for a bit, listen to some music or maybe take a walk, and then come back with a fresh mind
Anxiety? Take three deep breaths, close your eyes and say "I can do this." Repeated a few times. Take another three deep breaths, and then start again. Also, get a stress ball!
Always remember to ask for help when you're confused
If you have enough time/space in your schedule, join a club that fits you! People there will more than likely have the same interests as you
Always remember: your physical and mental health comes first. Period.
This cannot be emphasized enough. I know. It's scary. But you must tell somebody, and the best option is a trusted adult. If you're at school, then find a teacher you trust. There's also someone in the school office who will listen and are in charge of student welfare (and consequences).
DO NOT BE A BYSTANDER
Bystanders can be just as bad as the bully because you aren't doing anything to help. Don't intervene, but instead, also tell a trusted adult. Or immediately call an adult if someone is being hurt.
Support the victim and offer your help! Maybe give a few encouraging words and ask if they're okay. Be a friend and be kind. Of course, if they need space, give it to them. Just be sure to check in with them.
If you begin to think negative thoughts, try to get your mind off of it. Read inspiring quotes, write, draw, blast music, visit this site, take a walk, take a shower, chat with close friends, anything!
STAY AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
It doesn't matter if it's cyber-bullying or physical: stay away from social media. Social media is often a platform for bullies to target their victims.
They can also be one of the most negative places and they create very one-sided outlooks into the life of a person. Remember. What they post isn't their life. It's part of it.
DON'T STOP UNTIL HELP ARRIVES
If an adult, for whatever reason, is not doing anything to truly help you, don't stop until you find one who does. There WILL be someone out there who will be willing to help you. Don't give up trying to find help.
Remember that you are human. You're beautiful and you're worth it and if you push through whatever people are throwing at you now, you'll be able to do it over and over again in the future. And that makes you stronger than the bully.
WHAT ARE OTHER WAYS YOU DEAL WITH BULLIES?
To avoid the addiction of self-harming: Don't. Start. I'll repeat that. DON'T. START. Because once you start, it's very hard to go back.
Do you feel the need to cut but haven't done it yet? Advert your mind to other things. It's hard, but try everything listed below. You can do it. You're stronger than the pain.
Here are a some of my suggestions:
SNAP IT ON YOUR WRISTS
RUB IT ONTO YOUR ARM, ANYWHERE YOU FEEL LIKE CUTTING. LET IT STING AND NUMB YOU.
NOT SAD MUSIC. MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY (OR DANCE).
RAISE YOUR HEART RATE. GET OUT AND GET FRESH AIR
PUNCH A PUNCHING BAG OR A PILLOW
Rip it up into bits and pieces.
AND CRY INTO A PILLOW GET IT ALL OUT
TO WHATEVER IS MAKING YOU FEEL CRAPPY. CURSE AT IT. LET IT KNOW HOW MUCH YOU HATE IT.