Some people think that with emotional abuse, the pain isn’t there… because it can’t be seen. But the pain is…and it is very real.
If you picked up a piece of fruit, and repeatedly dropped it onto the floor, you would notice bruising, you would notice that it was changing colour, it was a lot less lively... in some cases, you would notice it is broken.
Just a couple of months ago, a teacher in Birmingham used this with her students as an experiment and it was very powerful.
So we decided to do our makeup to show how the emotional effects of bullying stay with you day to day.
Just because you can’t see what someone is dealing with, doesn’t mean that it’s not with them constantly, sometimes it's just something you can’t ignore.
This is why it’s so important to speak up about things that you’re dealing with, it is okay to ask for help and it’s okay to be feeling the things you’re feeling.
Not all pain can be seen...
We have all suffered with something...
We all have been through a battle...
We all have scars...
We have all been burnt by someone...
But what that person doesn't see is the pain that is left with someone.
They don't see that we carry that pain with us everywhere... all over us.
Just because it's on the outside doesn't mean the pain doesn't exist.
It is okay to show your pain, it's okay to speak out. There are people who care about you.
Don't hide your inner scars.
R U OK day is just around the around, and we all know it's extremely important to ask others if they are okay.
Reach out to your friends, and please know that you're never alone.
If you are concerned about your own emotional wellbeing, are experiencing a personal crisis or are concerned about someone else, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or at www.lifeline.org.au
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can ring the Domestic Violence Line for help on 1800 656 463. The Domestic Violence Line is a statewide free-call number and is available 24 hours, seven days a week.