Pukekohe High School has joined the Pink Shirt Day movement to Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

On Friday 17th May, there will be a mufti day, so we’re pinking out the school to show our commitment to creating an environment that is safe, welcoming and inclusive of all tauira/students.

Aotearoa has the second-highest rate of school bullying out of 51 countries. Many studies show people who are bullied are more likely to experience mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts.

With your help we can turn this around by ensuring our school celebrates diversity and is a place where all tauira everyone can feel safe, valued and respected.

About Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day is a national bullying prevention campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying at their school after a new student was bullied for wearing pink.

About bullying

While all rangatahi/young people can be the target of bullying, some are more likely to be targeted. These are often people that are perceived as different in some way from the mainstream “majority culture”.

Bullying is:

  • Deliberate – harming another person intentionally
  • Involves a misuse of power in a relationship
  • Not a one-off – it is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time
  • Involves behaviour that can cause harm – it is not a normal part of growing up

How we’re celebrating Pink Shirt Day

On Friday 17th May we’ll be celebrating Pink Shirt Day by holding a Gold Coin Mufti Day to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation

How you can help

Your rangatahi may be experiencing bullying, know someone who is being bullied or witnessed bullying at school. Rangatahi can have a powerful role in preventing bullying – research shows that more than half of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the rangatahi being bullied!

Learn more about how you can help your child if they find themselves in this situation, such as encouraging them to be an ‘upstander’ with our ‘Five Actions to Being an Upstander’.

Here is a list of helplines if you would like more advice or support.

TALK TO SOMEONE

Youthline – 0800 37 66 33, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz for young people, and their

parents, whānau and friends.

1737 – Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

Lifeline – 0800 543 354, (09) 522 2999 or free text ‘4357’ (HELP).

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) for people in distress, and people who are worried about someone else.

GET SUPPORT ONLINE

thelowdown.co.nz – visit the website or free text 5626 support for young people experiencing depression or anxiety.

Common Ground – www.commonground.org.nz for advice about supporting a friend or classmate.

Netsafe – www.netsafe.org.nz for advice on how to stay safe online or call 0508 638 723.

FIND SUPPORT AROUND SEXUALITY OR GENDER IDENTITY

InsideOUT – hello@insideout.org.nz, www.facebook.com/insideoutkoaro/,

Twitter: @insideoutkoaro, Instagram: @insideoutkoaro works to make Aotearoa a safer place for all young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities.

OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE), www.outline.org.nz

for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Free phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, 9am–9pm, and weekends/holidays 6pm–9pm.

RainbowYOUTH – info@ry.org.nz, www.facebook.com/rainbowyouth,

Twitter: @RainbowYOUTH, Instagram: rainbowyouth offers support for young queer and gender diverse people up to the ages of 28.

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