In the ongoing fight against HIV, we often forget about protecting ourselves from other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
That’s probably because HIV was in the past so hard to treat and could be so deadly. Thankfully, HIV is now a manageable condition, much like diabetes.
“I realised that bullying never has to do with you. It’s the bully who’s insecure” – Shay Mitchell
As we celebrate our youth this month, TEN81 looks at bullying, and how to deal with it.
• Don’t react to the bully
• Try to remain calm. Don’t show the bully how you feel
• Show confidence. Even if you don’t feel confident, act like you do
• Look the bully in the eye and tell them to stop, but don’t get into a confrontation. Walk away
• If possible, have a talk with the bully if the right opportunity arises
• Stay connected and hang out with a group – bullies will try to isolate you.
• Involve an adult, someone you trust, or professional person. Talk about it
• Act quickly. The longer the bully gets away with it, the more power they have over their victims
• Don’t blame yourself. The problem lies with the bully, not you
If you need advice or support, please contact:
– Dr Dick on www.men2men.co.za
– or Dr Delicious on www.womyn2womyn.co.za
– Get FREE face-to-face counselling at TEN81 in Pretoria (Book now on 012 430 3272 / 066 190 5812)
– or get FREE telephonic counselling nationwide (012 430 3272 / 066 190 5812)
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