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International Friendship Day

27th Jul 2022

Saturday July 30th, 2022, marks International Day of Friendship. A day to celebrate those we hold close to us and reflect upon the value of those relationships.

When we think about our friends, they should bring a smile to our faces. Thinking of them should bring us joy, and memories of our time with them should bring happiness.

Our friendships matter. Particularly when we are at school. And those friendships can be very intense and all-encompassing, so it’s important they add positivity, because if they don’t, then they can impact our mood and emotional well-being to such a large extent.

We asked a few of us here at TeamBulliesOut how they felt about friendship. Here are just some of the replies:

‘Friendship is when even if you feel sad, they can make you smile.’

‘Friendship is when you know just the right thing to say.’

‘Friendship is when we laugh till our tummies hurt.’

‘It is important that others understand how vulnerable people can be when it comes to friendships and understand how overwhelming it can be. Individuals can also be easily influenced so it is helpful to establish boundaries. Positive friendships are necessary for your wellbeing and social life.’

All these quotes highlight just how important a good friend is to us and the impact a positive friendship can have upon our lives. But when something affects our feelings at that level they tend to come with a myriad of complexities and highs and lows that can be tricky to navigate. Sadly, sometimes those friendships we hold dear can turn toxic and it can be hard to know when it’s time to walk away.

Often as parents it can be hard to give those friendships and group dynamics the attention they need, and that can then be tricky for children as they are left feeling very alone and confused by the intensity of their feelings.

Here at BulliesOut we recognise those difficulties and understand the need to support our children in forging those positive friendships, and to help them to identify when a friendship may have become toxic.

Would your child know the signs to look out for?

We can help. Find out more about our ‘Positive Friendship’ sessions here.


Written by Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Head of Content and Media.





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