Continuing our mini-series on bullying, we flesh out, largely based on our own personal experience and observations, what bullying is happening out there in our school communities, and how we adults may be perceived by those who are persecuted. We recognise that the internet brings a particular new dimension to bullying, but agree that some pretty terrible persecution also happens face-to-face. We explore how we can show our sympathy, availability and possibly the most important: fallibility in front of young people. We point towards next week where we are going to share advice from counsellors and students about what you can do if you are bullied - or if you know bullying is going on.
March 21, 2020
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If you need help, these agencies are available free to all New Zealanders

Need to Talk?

  • Need to talk? – Free call or text 1737
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email or online chat
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
  • What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for teenagers). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, 1pm–10pm and weekends, 3pm–10pm. Online chat is available 7pm–10pm daily.
  • Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 KIDSLINE) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.


  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions)
  • – Online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed.
  • – A website that helps young people understand depression and anxiety from their own perspective. Get in touch with a trained counsellor by free txt (5626).



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