Posted by: Tammy Cravit | January 11, 2011

UK’s National Bullying Helpline to Close

I think most of us agree that bullying – in the classroom, on the playground, and in our professional and personal lives – is a huge problem. So you’d think that organizations set up to combat bullying would be doing well, right? Unfortunately, it appears not, given the recent news that the National Bullying Helpline in the United Kingdom is closing:

Civil Society reports:

The National Bullying Helpline has closed due to lack of funding and the resignation of its founder and chief executive, Christine Pratt.

A spokesman for the charity said an increased workload and trying to secure funding for the charity had taken its toll on Pratt’s health:

“This last year, calls to our helpline have trebled and we have had to take on additional volunteers and resources to meet demand,” he said, “Undoubtedly, the closure of our charity will be a great loss to the public.”

Apparently, the people and groups funding the Helpline don’t think bullying is important enough to spend money on. This is, unfortunately, precisely the attitude that allows the bullying culture to continue.


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