Bullying can affect adults as well – but help is out there

During Anti-Bullying Week much of the focus, quite rightly, has been on how the issue can affect children and young people.

But it should never be forgotten that bullying can affect adults as well.

One of the most commons forms is bullying at work. It’s just that we don’t call it that.

Instead it gets hidden behind fancy terms such as “industrial harassment” or it’s called it a “personality clash” between colleagues.

But it’s bullying – and its impact can be very damaging.

It can cause anxiety, depression and affect people’s self-esteem. It can also damage relationships as well. People often don’t want to come home and talk about work. And they want to talk about how they are being bullied even less.

So they bottle it up, and that can only make their negative feelings grow.

There’s also a shock factor to being bullied as an adult because we associate it with young people and don’t think that anything like that can happen to us as grown-ups.

But there is help available. At CPFT’s Psychological Wellbeing Service my colleagues and I have helped people turn their lives around and regain their self-esteem.

We offer individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, online or group therapy.

Best of all it’s a NHS service so it’s free, and its open to anyone registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

You don’t have to go through your GP, you can refer yourself today via our website www.cpft.nhs.uk or by calling 0300 300 0055.

Laura Bratt is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for CPFT Psychological Wellbeing Service

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