You may know somebody that has been impacted by bullying, hate crime, discrimination, etcetera, and wish to help them. There are many ways in which you could help, consider the following points:
● Are they in immediate danger? If they are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
● Find a safe space. If an incident has just happened try and find somewhere they feel safe.
● Listen. Just taking the time to listen to someone and talk about what has happened can help. These six active listening tips might help you support them.
● Give options. When they have finished talking ask them if they are okay to talk through some possible options and next steps.
● Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. They can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from an advisor. If you choose to talk to an advisor they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence.
● University Procedure. If they choose to make a formal complaint to the University against a student or a member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow. An independent advisor can help talk you through this process.
There are a number of specialist organisations that provide specialist support, including counselling for those affected by harassment. You could encourage your colleague to reach out to such support.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
1 in 4 people is affected by a mental health problem in any year and it is estimated that around 1 in 5 people has contemplated suicide or self-harm.
● If you are worried or concerned, find out more about how you can help them by looking at the “Online raising concerns form” at https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/sscs/wellbeing/access/
● Take care of yourself. It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you,.