Pink Shirt Day: Stop bullying and spread kindness
Join the Pink Shirt Day movement on Friday 17th May 2019 to stop bullying and spread kindness. Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying – Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora!
Pink Shirt Day aims to reduce bullying in Aotearoa by celebrating diversity in all its forms and supporting workplaces, communities and schools to be safe, supportive, welcoming and inclusive of all people. All people can be the target of bullying, but some groups or individuals experience more bullying than others. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and other sexuality and gender diverse identities (LGBTQIA+) people experience higher levels of bullying.
Pink Shirt Day started because people wanted to stop homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, and this remains a strong focus of Pink Shirt Day in Aotearoa.
Bullying can have serious and ongoing impacts on people’s mental health and wellbeing. Many studies that show that people who are bullied are more likely to experience mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts. Mental health problems – like other health conditions – can affect a person’s work and cause substantial costs to organisations. Workplaces have a legal responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to manage risks to mental health and wellbeing just like they do any other health and safety risk.
How you can get involved with Pink Shirt Day
The Pink Shirt Day website has lots of great ideas and ways you can show your support including:
- posters or email signatures you can download; and
- resources and merchandise that you can order.
Some facts about bullying
It isn’t uncommon to hear someone say something insensitive or mean to someone else. These comments or actions are not okay, but bullying has some specific features that make it much more serious and harmful.
- Bullying is deliberate – harming another person intentionally.
- Bullying involves a misuse of power in a relationship.
- Bullying is usually not a one-off – it is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.
- Bullying involves behaviour that can cause harm – it is not a normal part of growing up.
Bullying can be:
- physical – hitting, tripping up;
- verbal – insults, threats;
- social – spreading gossip or excluding people; or
- cyberbullying – bullying online, via the internet, mobile phones and social media. It’s a common form of bullying, especially amongst young people.
Bullying harms the person being bullied, the person doing the bullying and can also harm those who witness it (bystanders).
There are many reasons why someone might bully someone else, just as there are many reasons someone might experience bullying. Labelling someone who bullies as a “bad person” isn’t right or helpful. The bullying behaviour isn’t okay, but someone who bullies others often needs our help and support too.
Source: Pink Shirt Day website.Published on Monday, April 8th, 2019, under Events