This week we shared a video called “To This Day Project” by Shane Koyczan. It is a video about bullying, and it has greatly affected us at Social Blade. It is especially relevant to us not only because so many of our members are still in school, but because we all have had experiences with being bullied. Urgo responded in a video about it, but I also wanted to write a bit about it.
Experiences with Bullying
My experience being bullied in school was fairly extreme. Like many others who are bullied, I didn’t know how to respond to it, or who to tell. The clichés that were told to me to help me get through it didn’t help either; like the video says, words do hurt. And even though I knew that school wouldn’t last forever, it was such a challenge to just get through one more day that making it until graduation seemed impossible.
I actually didn’t really make it to graduation. I attempted suicide and ended up being pulled from school. I got my GED instead of graduating, and spent the next few years dealing with the fallout of being bullied. The physical scars weren’t so bad, but the emotional scars last a long time and are very difficult to overcome.
Stop Bullying Help
To those who are being bullied; we know how hopeless it seems. How it’s so difficult to just get up and have to go face it for one more day. How even though you know in your head what they say isn’t true, it slowly trickles in and begins to make you doubt yourself in your heart. How the hopelessness, anger and despair slowly eats away at you inside. Please know that you are NOT alone. Others have made it through, and so can you. Please tell someone what you are going through: a teacher, a parent, or a friend. If you see someone being bullied, please don’t stand by. Say something! Trust me, even if it doesn’t stop the bullying, it helps so much just to know that someone cares.
If you feel like you have no one safe to talk to, there are two great hotlines you can call, and they are both anonymous if you don’t want them to know who you are. One is the National Runaway Safeline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), and the other is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You do not have to be a runaway or contemplating suicide to call them; they both deal with bullying and want to help.
And as always, Social Blade forums and servers are a safe place. If you experience any bullying or harassment on any of our sites, please report it immediately; we take bullying seriously.