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It’s so hard and unfair to have people laugh at you just because you are “different”: Matthew’s* story

by Kids Help Phone - July 7, 2016 under All, Bullying

My name is Matthew. I am 17. My story is simple: I am gay. I have always been comfortable with that, but lately I have been getting a lot of negative messages from people trying to bully me and making me feel like who I am is wrong. At first it didn’t bother me and […] Read more

On identifying as LGBTQ, coming out and being bullied: Justin Preston’s story

by Kids Help Phone - June 2, 2016 under All, Bullying, Dating

  One of the first times I realized I was attracted to other guys happened the summer before my first year of high school in 2007. I was visiting my cousins in Crystal Beach and we were play fighting on the lawn. The brother of my cousin’s best friend came over. I remember running and […] Read more

A sense of belonging helped me stop bullying: Joe Eppele’s story  

by Joe Eppele - November 16, 2015 under Bullying, Celebrity Ambassadors, Hope

I’m a CFL free agent, and prior to that I was lucky to be part of the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto, playing on the winning home team, the Toronto Argonauts. I played college football for Washington State University before I was drafted to the CFL. I’m originally from BC. I was born in Squamish and […] Read more

Hockey Canada’s Tom Renney on bullying education in the sport

by Tom Renney - November 10, 2015 under Bullying

In my role with Hockey Canada, I have the opportunity to travel to cities and towns across the country. I often have parents asking for my opinion on the benefits of playing hockey – while I could go on for days about why I love the game, I have boiled down my answer to list […] Read more

Why bullies need help too: A Q&A with Joe Eppele, Kids Help Phone Celebrity Ambassador

by Joe Eppele - February 19, 2015 under Bullying, Celebrity Ambassadors, Hope

Joe Eppele is a top-tier, successful Canadian athlete—after playing college football for Washington State University, he helped the Toronto Argonauts take home the 100th Canadian Football League Grey Cup in 2012. He is now a CFL free agent. He’s a commanding presence, standing at 6 foot 8 now, with a solid, athletic build. So it […] Read more

“Today I still feel terrible for the bullying I did…”

by Joe Eppele - November 28, 2014 under All, Bullying

This story comes from Joe Eppele, Grey Cup champion and offensive lineman for the Ottawa RedBlacks. Joe is also a former Toronto Argonaut. I’m 6’8” today; in Grade 1, I was already much taller than the other kids. My growth spurts made me really physically awkward, and I was bullied for it – the name […] Read more

“I would get bullied, but I would always pretend that nothing was bothering me.”

by Nikki Y - November 21, 2014 under All, Bullying

This guest post comes from Nikki Y, a friend of Kids Help Phone. At just 22 years old, Nikki has topped both jazz and pop charts, performed with orchestras and big bands, and sold out festivals and major theatres around the world; in 2010, she sang to 3.2 billion people – half the world’s population […] Read more

Kevin helps a friend being bullied: A counsellor’s story, by Cheryl-Lynn

by Cheryl-Lynn - under Bullying, Counsellor’s Story

Glancing at the clock, it reads 9:05 p.m. – almost time for me to go home. The phone rings. “Jeunesse J’écoute, hello, Kids Help Phone.” A nervous voice says, “Can I talk about a friend who is having a problem?” “Absolutely, you sound pretty upset right now,” I say. Kevin explains that he is worried […] Read more

Being strong means reaching out

by Megan Landry - November 20, 2014 under Bullying

This post comes from Megan Landry, a young singer-songwriter from Ottawa, Ontario. Megan has kindly allowed us to share her story here. About two years ago, I recorded a song called “Stronger” that I’d written when I was 14, and posted online when I was 15 with a self-made video. It’s about anti-bullying. The lyrics […] Read more