Friday 27 April 2018

10,000 students fear going to school - Psychologist says guidance counsellors play key role in the battle against bullies

Orla Bradshaw

Thousands of students are terrified of going to school each day as they are being tormented by bullies, a leading psychologist has said.

David Coleman, whose new series Bullyproof started on RTÉ 1 last night, told Foinse that he had always been aware of bullying but hadn’t realised the scale of the problem until now.



In light of the cuts to guidance counsellor hours, he says it vital that the mental health of teenagers is not neglected in schools.



“Around 10,000 pupils fear going into school every day because they are being bullied. These figures are shocking and underline the need for us for us to be doing something about it,” he said.



Bullyproof also looks at the prevalence of cyber bullying, something which has become a significant problem in recent years. Gardaí are currently investigating the death of Erin Gallagher, the second teenager in weeks to commit suicide as a result of online hate campaigns.



Read this story in full in today’s Foinse which comes free with the Irish Independent. More information: www.foinse.ie





BÍONN eagla an domhain ar na mílte dalta dul ar scoil gach lá toisc go bhfuil siad á gcéasadh ag bulaithe, dar le síceolaí mór le rá.



Dúirt David Coleman le Foinse go raibh sé i gcónaí eolach faoin mbulaíocht ach nár thuig sé cé chomh dona agus a bhí cúrsaí go dtí gur thug sé faoin tsraith teilifíse Bullyproof. Taispeánadh an chéad chlár ar RTÉ 1 aréir.



Agus líon na n-uaireanta treoirchomhairleoireachta atá ar fáil i scoileanna ciorraithe, dúirt sé go bhfuil géarghá don rialtas a chinntiú nach ndéantar faillí ar mheabhairshláinte déagóirí i scoileanna.



“Bíonn thart ar 10,000 dalta sceimhlithe ina mbeatha agus iad ag dul ar scoil gach lá toisc go bhfuil bulaíocht á déanamh orthu agus léiríonn sé gur gá rud éigin a dhéanamh faoi,” a dúirt sé.



Breathnaíonn Bullyproof ar fhorleithne na cibearbhulaíochta chomh maith. Tá imscrúdú ar bun ag na gardaí faoi láthair ar bhás Erin Gallagher, an dara déagóir a chuir lámh ina bás féin le cúpla seachtain anuas mar gheall ar fheachtas fuatha ar líne.



Tá an chuid eile den scéal seo le léamh in Foinse inniu, a bhíonn ar fáil saor in aisce leis an Irish Independent. Breis eolais: www.foinse.ie

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