Bullying Times

Monthly News from Bully OnLine
December 2004

Workplace bullying | School bullying
Stress, health and PTSD | Media requests
Conferences and meetings etc
Support groups | Surveys | Web sites of interest
Achievements of bullying survivors
Books and articles | Tim Field on TV
Dealing with computer viruses and spam
Stockists of Bully in Sight and PTSD | What readers say about Bully in sight


Bully OnLine accorded SMHAI Great Site Award
Tim Field is pleased to announce that Bully OnLine is the proud recipient of a Suicide and Mental Health Association International Great Site Award: http://suicideandmentalhealthassociationinternational.org/smhaiawards.html

New pages
What is mobbing? workbully/mobbing.htm

Updated pages
Answers to frequently asked questions: workbully/faq.htm
Myths and misperceptions deconstructed: workbully/myths.htm
Recovery from a bullying experience: action/recover.htm
Success Unlimited home page: successunlimited/
Success Unlimited publications list with ISBNs: successunlimited/books/isbn.htm
About Success Unlimited: successunlimited/about.htm


Workplace Bullying

Council stress levels up
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/14415937?source=Evening%20Standard
and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/3973233.stm

TUC survey reveals stress levels at work are rising
http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-8902-f0.cfm

Stress at record levels
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1340203,00.html and http://money.guardian.co.uk/work/story/0,1456,1341576,00.html?gusrc=ticker-103704

Corporate mantras a big turn-off for employees
Our staff are our greatest asset: http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13250825,00.html

Ofsted to take action on staff bullying
One in five Ofsted report being bullied at work and almost two-thirds feel so stressed it damages their work: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3979797.stm

Would-be Tory MP bullied for not wearing a miniskirt
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;sessionid=VOIR1UZARTEMHQFIQMFSNAGAVCBQ0JVC?xml=/news/2004/11/07/ntory07.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/11/07/ixportal.html&secureRefresh=true&_requestid=65873

Deepcut 'abuses' leaked in report
Leaked report reveals claims of rape, racism, beatings, bullying and harassment: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4052565.stm

Parents' fears of Army 'bullying'
Young soldiers have nobody independent to turn to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4058375.stm

HSE launches new approach to dealing with stress
http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2004/c04046.htm

Draft corporate manslaughter bill
http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-8971-f0.cfm

Upward bullying common too
Managers can be bullied by subordinates: http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11342098%5E1702,00.html

Canada's cost of downsizing
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20041109.wwork1109/BNStory/Business/

Former principals win case against district
San Diego school principals stripped of their management duties in shake-up led by Superintendent Alan Bersin get their jobs back: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/education/20041106-9999-1n6cityskkul.html

High court maintains $1 million verdict against Portland schools
Former special education teacher Pamella Settlegoode wins case against Portland Public Schools: http://www.katu.com/stories/72475.html

Bad Apple Bullies
Tips For Queensland teachers: how to deal with workplace bullies. http://www.badapplebullies.com/theearlystages.htm


School bullying

Bullycide girl's parents want new law
The parents of 13-year-old Laura Rhodes want new laws to force schools to record bullying. After Laura Rhodes' bullycide, Cefn Saeson Comprehensive school (Neath, South Wales) student council issued a statement denying the school had a bullying problem whilst head teacher Alun Griffiths said "a range of strategies" was used to tackle the bullying claims. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/3994359.stm

Schoolboy 'faced racist bullying'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/3994193.stm

Government Anti Bullying Alliance (ABA) funding under more fire
ABA tsar for West Midlands lives in Surrey; parents and other criticise £570,000 waste of taxpayers money: http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100localnews/tm_objectid=14833411%26method=full%26siteid=50002%26headline=row%2dover%2dbullying%2dtsar%2dliving%2din%2dsurrey-name_page.html

Early Day Motion deplores bullying
See EDM 1941: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmedm/41117e01.htm

Punitive parenting breeds bullying children
A study in Canada suggests children who are beaten at home are more aggressive towards others: http://nospank.net/n-n48r.htm

Web angels fly in to help teens
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/3980415.stm


Stress, health and PTSD

Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)
A simple, standardised self-assessment questionnaire for measuring the severity of anxiety and depression: http://www.sign.ac.uk/guidelines/published/support/guideline57/hads.html

Sickness absence management programmes could be dangerous to health
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4051171.stm

Stress linked to miscarriages
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4002539.stm

Stress of commuting greater than that of a fighter pilot
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4052861.stm

Stress, RSI and back strains are getting worse for UK workers
http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-9059-f0.cfm

The unseen victims of suicide
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3996727.stm

68% rise in child antidepressant prescription
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4017321.stm

UK languishes in 29th place of best places to live
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4020523.stm


Media requests

TEEN COURT: Are you a bully / part of a gang of bullies? Are you aged 14-17? We're making a series for Channel 4, about teenagers, for teenagers, with teenagers running the show! 'Teen Court' brings the successful youth court system from the USA to the UK. We are looking for teenagers who have been in trouble for bullying to come forward and talk honestly about their experiences, the reasons why they bully and why they want to change. Call Rebecca on 020 7490 8996 at Caledonia, Sterne & Wyld. Or email me at rnorth@caledonia-tv.com. All information will be treated as confidential. Thank you.

YOU BE THE JUDGE is a new TV series looking for people to take part. Are you involved in a civil dispute that you want sorted out once and for all? Perhaps you canít decide who gets the dog following a divorce, your neighbours are driving you up the wall, or someone owes you money. It could be anything! Well forget expensive lawyers and stuffy courtrooms Ė a brand new TV show wants to guide you through the maze of legal and civil technicalities so your own personal barrister can appeal to the most objective jury in the landÖthe Great British Public. The winner will receive compensation... whereas the loser has to stick to the Juryís verdict. If you would like to know more about the programme please contact Fiona on 020 74217805 or email Fiona.henderson@talenttv.com

BBC Radio 1 Anti-Bullying Campaign: I'm Laura Hollis and we're running an Anti-Bullying campaign on BBC Radio 1 this November. I'm looking for a young person in the UK aged 15-30 to interview about their experiences of workplace bullying. This would in turn be made into short on-air trailers across the week of 22/11/04. To take part, contact me on tel 0207 765 2981 or email laura.hollis@bbc.co.uk

Men bullied at work: I'm Sarah Hecks and I work for Menís Health magazine. Iím researching a piece on bullying in the workplace. I'm trying to get hold of men who are willing to talk about their experiences of bullying at work (either being bullied or participating in the bullying). Everything will be treated in a confidential manner. Contact Sarah Heck, tel 020 7339 4438, email sarah.hecks@natmag-rodale.co.uk

The impact of bullying on later life: I'm Alexander Hill and I'm a producer for the BBC have have been asked to put together a programme for a new series for BBC Three on Bullying. The premise of the programme is to explore the dynamics and impact of bullying on later life. The series will feature people aged between 25-35 who were bullied in school. It will tell the story of how their lives have turned out and will feature stories of how some have completely turned their lives around, and those who are still deeply traumatised by their bullying. As it's ten years on what would they like to say to the person who bullied them?  We profile the bully in each case and see what makes a bully a bully. I am looking for people in the UK strictly within that age group (25-35) who feel passionately about their experiences and want to tell their story. Whether they are now successful in business or still trying to deal with their trauma every story is important. Do they have burning question they'd want to ask the person who made their lives miserable, maybe Why? People can contact me on alexander.hill@bbc.co.uk

Stop Bullying: Iím Georgina Seldon and Iím currently researching for a documentary about bullying. I am studying BA Television Production at Bournemouth University. Iím interested in getting in contact with people who are willing to share their experiences of bullying whether it be school bullying, bullying within the workplace or perhaps friends and family of a victim of bullying. The objective of the piece is to make a powerful statement against bullying and to raise awareness of the issue with the aim to help others in similar situations. Filming is due to take place on the 30/31st October and I need your help. If you would like to take part or feel you could help with research please contact Georgina Seldon in confidence either by telephone: 07890 478803 or email: doc_film@hotmail.com

Life's everyday problems: do you want the chance to improve your life in an afternoon!? Do you want some friendly, no-nonsense advice about something that's really bugging you? Have you got a score to settle with a partner/friend/colleague/relative? Or do you want to try and sort something out in your life once and for all? Let Ann Widdecombe into your living room for an afternoon and tell her about your troubles. A new BBC2 TV series dealing with life's everyday problems wants to hear from you now. Email michelle.woods.01@bbc.co.uk or call Emily on 020 8225 7096 telling us what you want sorting out and why. Please leave a contact number.

More media requests at media/media.htm


Conferences, meetings etc

Workshops by David Kinchin in 2005
Supporting emergency service staff and their families (25 April 2005) and Supporting Families with PTSD (26 April 2004. Places limited, so book early. Details at stress/workshop.htm

Bullying in the Workplace
Dublin, Tuesday 7 December 2004: http://www.madden.ie/index.php?page=bullying


Support groups

The Independent Police Support Group is a support group for all police staff in relation to bullying and whistleblowing. The group is currently seeking volunteers to form a core group with varying skills and experience. The group is also open to former members of police staff and would be keen to hear from staff who have left the service due to bullying or having been victimised for highlighting malpractice. Please write in confidence to: Independent Police Support Group, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3XX or email ipsg01@aol.com

More support group details at resources/groups.htm


Surveys etc

See workbully/surveys.htm


Web sites of interest

The autumn programme at Alternatives in London.

Success Academy offers ideas and formulas for succeeding in all areas
http://www.successacademy.co.uk/success-tips-1-10.htm


Achievements of survivors of bullying

What survivors of bullying have gone on to achieve...


Books and articles etc

Virus of the Mind
The new science of the meme by Richard Brodie: http://www.memecentral.com/votm.htm


Dealing with computer viruses and spam

Are you bombarded with computer viruses and spam?
There's guidance for new (and old) users of the Internet regarding viruses, spam and scam: action/newuser.htm


Stockists of books published by Success Unlimited

What readers say about Bully in sight

"Reading Bully in Sight is like winning the lottery... the sense of relief is indescribable."

More reader feedback at successunlimited/books/tstmbis.htm

Bookshops with stock of Bully in sight

England
The Stationery Office Bookshop, 123 Kingsway, London WC2B 6PQ
Waterstones, 89a Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire
Waterstones, 14-16 Bold Street, Liverpool
Waterstones, 25-26 Butts Court, Leeds
Waterstones, 17 Oxford Street, Swansea

Scotland
Ottakers Book Shop, Trinity Centre, Union Street, Aberdeen

Canada
The Working Centre, 58 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario

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Bookshops with stock of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

England
Waterstones, The Grand Building, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5EJ

Ireland
Hodges Figgis, 57/58 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Bookshops with stocks of all books published by Success Unlimited

Republic of Ireland
Clarendon Medical, 43 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2

If you know of other stockists of our books, please let us know.


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