If you’re experiencing bullying, looking after yourself can help reduce your stress levels and make you feel more positive and hopeful.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies



Learning intention

Students will be able to explain self-care tips that can be used if they have experienced bullying.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe some self-care tips for students to use after a bullying experience

  • identify the self-care strategies they would find most beneficial to use after a bullying experience.

Materials needed

  • Access to ReachOut.com's video clip 'What to do if you are being bullied'.

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education

  • Refine protective behaviours and evaluate community resources to seek help for themselves and others (AC9HP8P08)

  • Refine, evaluate and adapt strategies for managing changes and transitions (AC9HP10P02)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

  • Critical and Creative Thinking:

    • Analysing

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Examines and demonstrates the role help-seeking strategies and behaviours play in supporting themselves and others (PD4-2)

  • Analyses factors and strategies that enhance inclusivity, equality and respectful relationships (PD5-3)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate the impact of transition and change on identities (VCHPEP123)

  • Evaluate factors that shape identities, and analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (VCHPEP142)

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Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. As a group, watch the ReachOut.com video clip ‘What to do if you are being bullied’, which shares self-care tips from young people who have experienced bullying.

  2. Ask the students to work with a partner and discuss the following: 'What are five practical ways someone can take care of themselves after a bullying experience?'

  3. Ask the student pairs to write their ideas on sticky notes and place them on a whole-class list on butcher’s paper or a whiteboard.

  4. Share the students’ ideas as a group. Ask them to write down three strategies they would find useful in this situation.


Experiencing bullying can have a negative impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Identifying ways to look after yourself if you are bullied can be a helpful self-care strategy.

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