Being bullied can be a traumatic event and may potentially lead to mental health struggles. Joining us today is to talk about this issue is Merrissa Hughes, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed School Counselor, and a former teacher. Combining her classroom experience with her counseling training, Rissa has a deep understanding of the impacts of bullying. This in this episode, we define bullying and explore the different forms it can take. Rather than being a once-off occurrence, bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior with a real or perceived power imbalance. We also hear about some of the effects that being bullied can have. From depression to anxiety to withdrawal, Rissa alerts us to signs to look out for if we suspect a child is being bullied. As parents or teachers, it’s natural to want to intervene in these situations, but in most instances, this is not recommended. A child or teenager who is being bullied has been disempowered, so they must be re-empowered, once again, through gaining their own coping mechanisms. Rather than being told how to deal with the bully, Rissa suggests that parents and counselors help children find ways that resonate with them. Along with this, we also cover other ways parents can be there for their bullied children, the importance of stepping back at the right time, and Rissa’s own story of hope. Be sure to tune in today!
Key Points From This Episode:
“Bullying, which we define as, it’s going to be over and over again. There’s going to be a power struggle. The person who is being the bully is the person who has the power.” — Merrissa Hughes [0:06:11]
“That school situation is most likely not going to change. What we want to change is how we think about it in our perceptions of ourselves in that situation.” — Merrissa Hughes [0:16:29]
“The stakes are lesser for our kids making mistakes now than if they get out and we didn’t equip them.” — Merrissa Hughes [0:24:40]
“We need to understand our children. We need to seek to understand them and know that they’re changing and evolving, so we need to keep that door open.” — Merrissa Hughes [0:33:34]
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