Anti-Bullying Week in the UK this year runs from Monday 16th to Friday 20th November. Under the umbrella of the Anti-Bullying Alliance it aims to “stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.”
Of course bullying doesn’t just happen amongst children: it’s found in the workplace, in politics, in society in general — and people can feel bullied by circumstances as much as by other people — but this week is of necessity directed primarily at youngsters.
Psychologist Emily Lovegrove (Reader, I married her — and vice versa of course), also known as The Bullying Doctor (yes, I’ve heard the jokes), has authored two self-help books for youngsters on coping with bullying.
Her previous publication, Help! I’m Being Bullied (Accent Press, 2006), has long been out of print but the latest, Autism, Bullying and Me (Jessica Kingsley Publishers), was published earlier this year and has been receiving five-star reviews for its impact not just for those with autism but also their parents, and indeed adults in general.
Emily both lectures and leads many workshops on anti-bullying strategies. She runs her own private practice as The Bullying Doctor, working mainly with autistic children and young adults, and her work has featured in The Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times, Times Education Supplement and on mainstream media such as BBC News, Sky News, Inside Out, Five Live and GMTV. Her website, The Bullying Doctor, is dedicated to “defusing bullying and raising self-esteem.”
I couldn’t pass on this opportunity to again promote Emily’s book: not only am I inordinately proud of what she has achieved but her work and the way she has presented it is, I believe, of huge importance in helping all who’ve felt bullied — whether on the spectrum or not, whether young or old, whether because of particular circumstances or by life in general — by saying how and why it happens and how one can cope with it.