Like most of us, I was appalled and saddened to see Dolly Everett’s parents, Tick & Kate on television bravely sharing their grief and the tragedy of their daughter lost to the world of bullying and harassment.
The hearts of my family go out to them, the hearts of any decent human being would have been torn, but more than sending our best wishes, together let’s make fundamental changes and champion accountability.
Unfortunately for Dolly’s parents and sister, their story is not a unique one. It is a tragic story, and it’s heard all too often.
Here at our family firm, Robert Bryden Lawyers we are seeing bullying, harassment, racism, and victimisation – sometimes culminating in crimes.
Ten years ago, my firm saw 80% of our claims being motor vehicle accidents, today we are seeing a significant portion of our claims centred around mental health. One of the significant causes of mental health issues today is trauma from bullying
If your child is in an educational environment, whether it be primary, high school or University, we urge you to have an open and frank discussion. Are they okay? Are their friends okay?
Signs a Child Is Being Bullied
Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.
Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:
- Unexplainable injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewellery
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
- Self-destructive behaviours such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide
- show an unwillingness to discuss, or secrecy about, their online communication.
Our genuine belief to champion change has seen my wife Suzi and I travel the country over the past few months, meeting with families and victims whose lives have been drastically changed. Sometimes we can provide legal assistance, other times we provide emotional support and refer people to specialist Counsellors and the like.
The victims and families we have met have been through shocking situations. Not through their own behaviour, choices or good fortune. Changed by the behaviour of others, behaviour that we are seeing is often known to those we entrust with our children’s young lives. Those whom we pay for our most vulnerable to be in their care.
At Robert Bryden Lawyers we are all passionate about using legal tools to make education institutions accountable for the culture of bullying they have permitted to grow inside their walls. Our desire is for future generations to be free of the cancer of bullying which profoundly affects the lives of our children.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, together let’s ensure that we are nurturing a generation of young adults who possess qualities we can be proud of as a society.
Should you need our assistance we’d be happy to chat with you and see how we can help. Everyone will speak personally with Rob and Suzi.
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Should you know someone needing help who are not ready to pursue a legal path, please reach out.
Lifeline – https://www.lifeline.org.au Phone: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue – https://www.beyondblue.org.au Phone: 1300 22 4636