After overcoming years of bullying, a Fixer from South Wales now wants to show other victims how asking for help is the bravest thing they could do.
Carla Caldecott (17) from Merthyr Tydfil is opening up about her own experiences in order to encourage other young people to speak out and seek support.
‘The bullying started when I was in year seven,’ describes Carla.
‘I was always the quiet one who minded my own business, until I started getting singled out and picked on.
'I was harassed for at least three years.
‘Things got tough. I stopped going to school and it was an awful experience.’
After receiving help from various school figures and her family, Carla slowly rebuilt her confidence and now wants give others the courage to speak up about bullying.
Quotes from a short story the Fixer wrote about dealing with bullies details the positive impact help can have:
‘It was in the third year of school that I felt I could come back stronger than I ever was.
‘I stuck up for myself, and even though I’d still get called names, it didn’t upset me as much.
‘I felt like a totally different girl.’
With the help of Fixers, Carla has created a comic book style poster to act as encouragement for bullied students, showing a young girl standing up to her tormentor after seeing a counsellor.
‘The poster gets people’s attention,’ explains Carla.
‘For the ones who are getting bullied, it tells them that it’s okay to get help. It’s a message to say don’t be frightened.
‘I hope my Fixers campaign will help people to know that it’s okay to speak out, and I think everyone should know this, even the bullies.’
For more information and help with this issue, visit www.beatbullying.org, www.bullying.co.uk or www.bulliesout.com
Click below to view Carla's Fixers poster in English and Welsh.