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Posted On: 23rd Nov 2015

Don't Bully

Fixer Anita Dennison
A scene from the Fixers film
A young girl is bullied in the animation

Anita Dennison is urging those who are being bullied to take action, speak out and ask for help, as she knows what it’s like to experience cruel taunts and physical violence.

The 19-year-old from Newry in County Down was beaten up at school when she was 16 and was then bullied for a year.

‘Anonymous accounts were set up on Facebook and I was threatened with violence,’ Anita explains.

‘Someone wrote a comment telling me that I didn’t deserve to be here any more and that I should take my own life.

‘For three months, I said nothing.

'I knew what was happening was wrong but I wasn’t sure what was happening.

'I didn’t realise it was a form of bullying.

‘The impact on my health was massive. I suffered from depression and anxiety because of the torment and my self-esteem went through the floor.’


With Fixers, Anita has helped to create a short, animated film that describes various types of bullying and explains what to do if you or someone you know is being bullied.

Anita says she was fortunate to have the support of her school, family and close friends. She received the help she needed and now wants the same for others.

Watch the Fixers film ‘The Young Person’s Guide To Bullying’ at the top of this page.

‘It took eighteen months of counselling for me to get back to my old self. I used a negative experience to develop into a stronger and better new self,’ Anita says.

‘I think the animation is brilliant and I’m grateful to Fixers for helping me create such a fantastic resource.’

Anita hopes to launch her film during a TEDx talk in County Tyrone in November. She also plans to show it in schools so that pupils and their parents can better understand what a child may be going through.

‘I chose to take a stand against bullies,’ Anita adds.

‘Now I speak about bullying on television, twitter @bully_dont and on my website www.standwithanita.com.

‘Speaking out changed my life for the better.’

For more information and advice about what to do if you or someone you know is being bullied, visit www.childline.org.uk, www.endbullying.org.uk and www.bullying.co.uk.

To find other resources on this topic, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.


 

Author: Meraid Griffin

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