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    • Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week

      4 years ago

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      I was going to post this earlier in the week but multiple things got in the way of that and I apologise hugely.

      But I am going to post this now because it is important.

      This week, and it started on the 4th and goes on until the 10th May is Anxiety & Depression Awareness week.

      And this is a big deal and is an important thing to consider.

      A lot of people suffer from either anxiety or depression and most of them suffer in silence. Many people don't share that they are suffering with these things, and sometimes when they do share, it is dismissed as not being that important, mainly because people aren't really clued up on what it really means.

      And that doesn't necessarily mean they don't care either. Just that they may not have been taught what people with anxiety and depression go through.

      So this is what this whole week is about. Being more open about anxiety and depression. Learning about it, learning how to battle through it, learning how to help people through it, how to be supportive in the correct way. All of these things.

      And considering what this group is about I deem this very relevant as anxiety and depression, although can be caused by a multitude of different things, i.e stress or can be linked in with other conditions like PTSD. Anxiety and Depression can go hand in hand with those who have been through bullying of any kind.

      So take the time to learn more about both these things, look into local charities that help with these things, learn how to support a friend/family member/colleague going through it, learn how to feel comfortable in opening up if you need to.

      You can also sport the ribbons for each one if you wish to. Or a wristband if you can find them. For anxiety the ribbon colour is teal, and for depression it is green.

      Again you don't have to do any of this but I hope you all go out and learn more about something people tend to sweep under the rug, write supportive messages and just generally be more aware and understanding of anyone going through this.

      And with that I shall end this news post.

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    • Cyber Bullying FAQ's

      4 years ago

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      Here's a handy and quick FAQ answered by Cybersmile. Hope you find it helpful and informative!

      What is cyberbullying?
      Repeated intentional malicious threats, taunts, abuse and harassment, using phones, the internet, or any form of technology

      Who is involved?
      The Cyberbully can be 1 person or a group of people. Teens and pre-teens are usually targeted.

      Am I being cyberbullied?
      The answer is likely to be YES if any of the following (or similar) have happened to you -
      Being sent mean emails or texts
      Having embarrassing pictures / videos of you posted on blogs / websites
      Having rumours spread about you online
      If any of the above make you feel vulnerable & scared

      OMG – I’m being cyberbullied. What do I do?
      STOP
      Immediately stop replying or fighting back online and do not share any personal / private info. Replying may make things worse and you could be labeled as a Cyberbully
      BLOCK
      Block and report the cyberbully to the site administrator
      TELL
      Tell and adult such as a teacher or parent and keep telling someone until something is done about it
      SCHOOL
      Find out what your school can do about cyberbullying
      PROOF
      Do not delete any of the messages that have been sent to you. Show them to everyone you inform about the cyberbully as proof
      PROTECTION
      Protect yourself by not agreeing to meet anyone you speak to online, especially if you don’t know them
      POLICE
      Inform the police ONLY if your safety and security is at risk

      It hasn’t happened to me, but I know that it’s happening to someone else. Should I do something about it?
      YES
      Tell an adult
      Report the cyberbully to the site administrator
      BLOCK
      Helping the victim will show they are not alone. So show them your support! ANY FORM OF BULLYING SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED AT ALL

      As far as I’m aware, I’m not being cyberbullied. But I’m worried it might be happening without me knowing. How can I tell?
      USE GOOGLE
      Put your name into Google and see if anything comes up about you
      SLANG
      Slang words may be used that you don’t know the meaning of. Visit www.noslang.com for a list to see if you have come across any in a conversation you or another person has had about you

      How can I prevent myself from ever becoming a victim of cyberbullying?
      THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK
      Avoid sending / typing anything that others may find offensive
      PROTECT YOURSELF
      Never give out any personal / private information such as passwords to anyone. Including your friends!
      SAY NO TO PEER PRESSURE!
      Avoid passing on messages you are being asked to send around, especially if they contain abusive / cruel content
      SAY NO TO STRANGERS
      Never agree to meet anyone you do not know! Report them or tell an adult if they are persistent to meet you.
      INFORMATION
      Be aware of what your school’s policies are against bullying.

      For more information please visit www.cybersmile.org smiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

    • Helpful Hints & Advice

      4 years ago

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      How To Help & Support Someone With Depression Part 2

      This is continuing on from the last post I did on the subject and these are useful for tips for helping support someone you know or care about cope and work through depression or anxiety.

      But what I failed to mention, and I apologise for this, but I did explain in answer to a question someone had, that if you are the person suffering with depression or anxiety these are still useful advice to have, as you can use them to help better your own life, or pass them on to someone you know who wants to know how to help but doesn't know where to start.

      I hope that cleared things up a bit.

      Go Outside, Revel In The Fresh Air

      As much as someone with depression or anxiety may not wish to leave the house, fresh air is a cure for all things. But obviously there are precautions to take, only take them if they wish and don't force them, and have baby steps with this, don't go to heavily popular areas, such as a beach in the height of the summer (unless you are one of those locals who knows the secret location of the empty magical beaches). Take them to areas that aren't over crowded with people and places they feel comfortable with. Pack a picnic and go lie in a sunlit meadow, plant some flowers in your garden.
      Why is sunlight, fresh air and nature good for those suffering with depression or anxiety? I shall tell you now.
      Being barefoot in the garden, wiggling your toes in the dirt helps ground you, you feel connected to earth. And believe it or not digging around in the soil, can actually act as an antidepressant. There's a strain of bacterium in the soil that when released when digging in the soil can trigger your body to produce serotonin, which elevates your mood and decreases anxiety. So this is why kids are so happy playing in the dirt and creating a mess, there is method in the madness you know.
      Another good thing about being outside is sunshine. Sunshine is critical to vitamin D production, and Vitamin D can help alleviate depression.


      Help Them Understand How You Are Feeling, Or Ask Them To Help You Understand

      If you are suffering with anxiety or depression, if you able to, talk to someone you know or trust about ow you are feeling, as it will help them be able to understand and you can then work through plans on how to make you eel safer and more secure in your environment to help progress your recovery.
      If its a loved one is suffering, don't force them to talk but help encourage them to confide in you so you can help them recover by stabilizing their environment and making them feel safer.
      The main thing both those with anxiety and depression have in common is the feeling that they are alone in the world, and talking through this will help hugely in alleviating that feeling or fear that they are alone. But the main thing is never to force someone to talk, you shouldn't feel forced or coerced into expressing how you feel, and should do it in your own time and when you are ready. Talking before you are ready may cause more damage than good

    • Helpful Hints & Advice

      4 years ago

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      How To Help & Support Someone With Depression (Part 1)

      Whether its someone you love, someone in your family, a best friend or someone you work with, you may feel like you aren't doing enough or have no idea what to do to help and support someone with depression.

      Depression can come about because of so many things, prolonged abuse or bullying, stress or hard life, even having a baby.

      But there are simple things that you can do to show support and care to someone who has revealed to you that they are indeed suffering with depression. But these tips can also be used to show love and support to anyone who has been struggling recently, with anything. And these simple things can help show the person that you can be trusted and that you care and are there for them whenever they need you.

      Help Keep Clutter At Bay
      When a person is feeling overwhelmed or is falling into depression, they begin to feel like the world is speeding up while they themselves are slowing down. This means things that they could normally perform easily begin to stack up causing the problem to become worse as they become more and more overwhelmed.
      You can help ease the pressure by doing certain things to ease the clutter and make them feel less overwhelmed. Paper plates instead of ordinary ones to make sure the dishes don't pile up, help them with paperwork, keeping things tidy and in their place, label things if they find it hard to find them.
      All of these things will help ease the pressure and make them feel less like the world is moving on without them. It may even help you have a more stress free life by being more organised for them. And if they feel like you shouldn't be making the effort for them, as most depression sufferers do, then the reason of it will also help you to have a stress free life and therefore benefits everyone, will help them be more comfortable with the help.



      Fix Them A Healthy Meal
      We've all been in a position where we have been ill so we don't feel like eating, or had a stressful day and come home to devour an entire tub of ice cream. We've all had those days. But for depression sufferers, those days can turn into weeks and then months. Even, in some cases years. They either refuse or have no appetite to eat, or gorge themselves on food, on continually eat junk and fast food as it is easier to get or prepare. Its not laziness its just a symptom of the illness they have, and telling them off will not make them feel better. But unfortunately, both overeating and under-eating can help prolong their depression and hinder recovery..
      Instead gentle encouragement is best advised for those who don't feel like eating. For the ones who overeat, offer gentle encouragement to lessen the amount they eat slightly. And if they feel like eating, offer them healthy snacks or bring in healthy food that you've made. Some people even provide home cooked healthy meals that they can store in the freezer at to cook or eat quickly when they have none of the desire to commit themselves to a long cooking process.
      As long as you help them down the path of healthy eating and are there to support them then you should be able to help keep them healthy and aid their recovery.



      End of Part 1. Part 2 to come soon

    • Share and Watch

      4 years ago

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      Hello there! Hope you are all having a lovely week!!

      Are you busy right now? Could I have a minute of your time?
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      A very good friend of mine in the community sent me this video to watch. If you have a few minutes, please give it a watch, I promise it's worth your time. smiley1.gif



      new.damn.com/bullies-picked-everyday-started-one-simple-thing-turn-around


      If you have any videos like this one to share, please feel free to leave them in the comments section to help out your fellow Rooster Teeth Community members.

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    • Be #POSITIVE

      4 years ago

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      Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great start to the week!

      As you know, our group works closely with CyberSmile, so I just wanted to let you guys know who they are exactly and what they do:

      THE CYBERSMILE FOUNDATION

      The Cybersmile Foundation is a multi award-winning anti cyberbullying non-profit organization committed to tackling all forms of online bullying and hate campaigns.

      Through education and the promotion of positivity online we reduce incidents of cyberbullying, and with our professional help and support services we enable victims and their families to regain control of their lives.

      Founded in 2010 by the parents of children directly affected by cyberbullying, Cybersmile has grown to become the worlds leading anti cyberbullying non profit organization.

      Our educational programs, support services and messages of hope and positivity reach millions of people around the world each year, whilst maintaining our core values of integrity, care and compassion – the Cybersmile hallmark.

      Our mission is a simple one; we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy being part of the new connected online world. Regular and productive use of the internet has become essential to a healthy social and personal development.

      However, cyberbullying and online abuse is rife, holding many back from enjoying the benefits that this connected community can provide. Our current online environment lacks the social rules of engagement that have been cultivated over generations, governing the behavior and relationships in the communities where we live, play and work – the physical world.

      Policing, monitoring and internet restrictions can only go so far, although useful additions to any household’s internet safety policy, they are not adequate substitutes for a thorough understanding of cyberbullying and its related issues such as netiquette and emotional intelligence.

      The Cybersmile Foundation are committed to helping everyone realise their true potential by supporting those that are bullied online, changing the behavior of the bullies themselves and through education – preparing this and further generations for a safe and positive digital future.


      smiley12.gif If you want to support Cybersmile further, you should check out their website to see how you can get involved!

      smiley12.gif ...or you could show off your #POSITIVE-ness by buying some of their super cute merch!

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    • What To Do If You Are Being Bullied

      4 years ago

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      Obviously we have covered in detail how to spot bullying victim in other people and what to do if someone confides in you that they are being bullied, which is good stuff.

      But what do you do if you are the victim? What are your options when you are stuck feeling like there is nothing you can do to stop what is happening to you, or that there is no places for you to go for help?

      No one deserves to be bullied, no matter who they are, but should the worst come to fruition, then maybe this post can give you some ideas on what to do.

      * Look at the person bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. They are trying to force a reaction out of you, usually in the form of crying or anger. By remaining calm you aren't giving them what they want and you can therefore throw them off guard. Other ways you can throw the bully off guard are through laughing the comments off, if joking and sarcasm comes easily to you.

      * If you can't find the courage to speak up or are too scared that speaking up will cause the situation to grow worse or you wouldn't feel safe to speak up, then the option here is to remain calm and just walk away. Preferably towards a place or person you feel safe, don't run but at least keep up the pace. Most bullies won't follow you at this point and will generally continue the comments from far away, but if they do follow, running could inflame the situation, the best tip is to stay calm. Only run if you feel you life is danger or your safety has been compromised.

      * Never retaliate... ever. Even if you feel like you can fight back or your anger or fear is threatening to overwhelm you its best that you keep these under wraps and remain calm. If you hit out you are actually giving the bullies what they want. A reaction, emotions, evidence that they have gotten to you. And giving them what they want could open you up to further abuse.

      * If possible try not to cry in front of them, again for the same reasons of not giving the bully what they want.

      * Once you have successfully left the situation try and find a person in a position of authority, a family member or a friend that you can trust and confide in them what happened. Its better to tell someone while the event is fresh in your mind, and also gives the bullies less time to set up cover stories.

      * What you can also do once you have safely left the situation is find a way to express your emotions in a safe manner. If you are into sport channel your anger and fear into adrenaline when you are playing football or rugby or whatever sport it is you enjoy. Play a video game with your friends, cuddle up on the sofa with a warm mug of hot chocolate and your favourite dvd. What ever works for you use it to help you calm down and begin to feel better.



      Hopefully this all made sense and you can use this to help yourself (hopefully you won't ever need to use it) or pass this on to friends/family/collegues you think could use this information wisely.

      But this ends this informative post so for now I shall say bye bye..

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    • Project Ideas!

      4 years ago

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      Hello! Sammii here...

      I apologise for the lack of posts recently, I have had my fair share of things to deal with in the last month and I dropped a few of the balls I was juggling, and its just been a tiny bit stressful.

      But I aim to do better and to fix that so hopefully, fingers crossed, nothing more serious goes wrong.

      But before normal service is resumed (I have to plan what I am going to do first) I am going to run some project ideas by you guys. Because you are all awesome and I would love your input on a few things.

      These are all ideas, just ideas, nothing has been scribbled down or made permanent at this time. If you guys approve of the ideas, the next step will be to flesh them out a bit more and then requisition help wherever necessary.

      Project #1 - Message Mentors/Supportive Pals

      Possibly the easiest to set up. Kinda like Mods on this site but giving people more options of who to talk to. Say someone is upset, but doesn't want to talk why their upset then can instead talk to a supportive pal about something else to take their mind off of it like... cheese.

      Project #2 - Video Documentary/Questionnaire thing

      Could be a one off, or maybe a series of videos. Depending on how many people are willing. 5 people per video, was the idea, talking about their experiences with bullying, through a set of designated questions. Kinda like a 'it gets better' video but with real experiences in it. Obviously this depends on if people are willing to volunteer. Obviously editing will be handled in part by me, but obviously if someone wants to add music to it, or a title card, or graphics, then they can be added to help. But again its an idea only at this point.

      Project 3 - Group Things

      A bit broad in the idea, but this could cover anything if people have ideas.



      But this is all just an idea at this point, but I figured I would put it out there and test the waters.

      But for now I shall say bye bye

    • Helpful/Informative Tips #2 Continued...

      4 years ago

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      What to do if a bullying victim confides in you

      #4 - Ask them what they want to do next

      This is important. It is strongly advised that you do not do anything else, unless the victim approves. Think of them confiding in you as a form of Doctor/Patient confidentiality. If a doctor broke a patients trust by passing on sensitive or private information, how would the patient feel? How would you feel in that situation? The same process applies to bullying victims who confide in you, they may feel betrayed if you pass on information without their consent. Even if you did it with good intentions to help them out they may not see it that way.
      So instead ask them what they want to do next, and advise them on what they can do, such as see people in authority who can help. Such as advising them to see a parent, teacher or speak to an admin/moderator. Offer to go with them if they feel nervous.Tell them about support networks, and safe support sites. But never, ever, force them to speak to someone or see someone they don't feel comfortable with. Gentle is the best path here, not force.
      You can only pass on the information to someone else if you feel they are in serious imminent danger, such as a fear for their own life, or a fear of further life threatening or severely damaging abuse. But even in these serious cases you still reassure the victim and tell them what you intend to do, but be cautious if you intend to proceed and the victim has not given consent.

      #5 - Never tackle the bully yourself!!

      THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING! I know if someone confides in you, and tells you exactly who is bullying them, you may feel the need to go all superhero to the rescue and tackle the bully yourself. But this is not always the best course of action and in most cases, by confronting the bully you in fact make the situation a lot worse. And this is not what anyone wants to do.
      Also, like I said above, you can't go tackling the bully if you wanted to unless the victim says its okay. But even if they say its okay, charging into the fray like a bull in a china shop is not gonna help.
      If the victim says its okay, then only confront the bully if you are trained to do so! If you are not in a position of authority or not had the necessary welfare training to do so then you are not the right person to tackle this. People like teachers, bosses, youth workers, instructors, admins and moderators, know exactly how to handle this situation calmly, discreetly and effectively. They would also know who to go to if the situation was severe and needed to be handled by others, such as involving the police, and know how to go about this is in the correct way. So if you need to tell someone contact someone who can handle the situation, rather than tackle it yourself and make things worse.
      So if the victim told you they were being bullied at school, contact a teacher or a support worker as some schools now have these in place. The victim is being bullied at work? Contact their boss or welfare worker there. In my case, if a cadet confided in another cadet, that cadet would know that an instructor or member of staff would be the next port of call. If someone is being bullied on this site, then its important to contact a site admin or moderator. Or failing that, or if they fail to respond @caleb has said he is good port of call to go to in this situation (link to his journal about it HERE). This goes for other websites, contact their support, admin or moderators, and they will advise you on what to do next. Most websites have a dedicated system to report such things, so its worth researching/looking into these for reference if you need to.



      So this ends this helpful journal type thing. I hope this and part one of this made sense and has cleared up some of the fog surrounding this subject for you. Obviously I intend to keep the helpful tips coming so keep tuned to this space. And watch the group if you aren't already. And direct people to this if they are looking for info.

      But for now I shall say bye bye.

    • Helpful/Informative Tips #2

      4 years ago

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      What to do if a bullying victim confides in you

      When a bullying victim plucks up enough courage to confide in someone they trust, it isn't always someone in a position of authority or position who can help them. In most cases it can be a supportive friend or family member.

      So what to do is someone places their trust in you and tells you they are being bullied. What help/support could you offer them at this point?

      Here are some of the thing you should do, as well as some things you definitely should not do.

      #1 - Listen to what they have to say.

      The first step in this situation for anyone is to just pay attention and listen to them. Many bullying victims may have spent hours, days, weeks, or even months plucking up the courage to come and confide in you. Offering them your undivided attention on the matter means they were right to trust you and will therefore find it easier to talk to you.
      When this occurs, sit them down somewhere quiet or a place they feel comfortable in so they have less chance of become stressed. Offer them a cup of tea or a drink, as something to hold can help them gather their thoughts when they get upset or need to pause.
      You obviously can offer comforting words and gestures such as a pat on the arm or a hug. But whatever you do, do not interrupt them when they are talking as this makes them feel like their words are not important. And only use gestures if they feel comfortable. Although if you know the person well then you will know what their comfort level is. If you don't, then tread carefully.
      If they approach you when you are busy, assure them that you will sit down and listen to them when you have the time to do so, but don't break your promise by failing to do so, as this could lead to them never confiding in anyone again.

      #2 - Whatever they tell you… DO NOT GET SHOCKED/UPSET!

      This is incredibly important. If someone confides in you and relays details, such as physical bullying and what people say to them, some of it is meant to be shocking as it was designed to harm. But if you let the emotions or shock show on your face this could lead to the victim panicking, or wanting to end the conversation immediately as they don't want to worry you.
      I know this may sound like a hard thing, and believe me from working as a volunteer in a cadet force, I struggle with this when the kids confide in me. But if you want to help the you will try your best to do this, as you want them to remain calm. Just gently reassure them and let them know that what has happened to them is wrong, and you acknowledge that factor. But don't use expletives or demonize the person that has done this to them, as they will feel more nervous, and despite confiding in you, some bullying victims still worry about getting their bully/bullies in trouble, so choose your words carefully.. And most importantly let them know they are no longer alone and that you are there for them.

      #3 - Offer Support and Comfort

      After they have confided in you, the most important thing is to offer support and comfort to them. Reliving your fears and worries is a massive drain both physically and mentally, so they may be exhausted, upset or just drained. There are multiple ways to go from here depending on what the person feels comfortable with.
      Offer them a hug or a shoulder to cry on. Or if they are not comfortable with that, but are crying, offer them a tissue. Give them the time to compose themselves. Offer them a sugary cup of tea, coffee or water depending on what they want to re-energise them. Simple cakes and biscuits also works wonders for this. Reassure them that they are not alone and that their troubles and worries are important. And as mentioned previously don't do anything to ignite the situation such as demonize the person who is bullying them as they may try to explain it all away. Just put it in to simple terms that what the bully has done is wrong and it is not okay to hurt someone this way. But do not try to explain why the bully is acting this way to a victim as you may inadvertently tell them that the bully is allowed to hurt them because of the reason you put out there. Just choose your words carefully and pick up on signs when your words have hit a nerve or made a wrong turn.

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