Age 16, Havant
I started my own charity, Beat the Bullies, to help victims of bullying to turn their negative experiences into something positive through music. It aims to be a safe space for young people who feel isolated, encouraging those who are being bullied to pull together and support each other.
Setting up Beat the Bullies has been so important for me as I’ve realised that I’m not the only one who has experienced the pain of being bullied. It’s helped me to build myself back to the person I was before. I want to guide young people away from negative coping mechanisms like self-harm, because I don’t want anybody to ever feel like I did.
Beat the Bullies uses YouTube videos and other social media to connect with young people. But the main way I want to help other people like me is through music, as discovering songwriting helped me to come back from being bullied and create a positive effect in the world.
Music has always been a huge passion of mine, and I’m so glad that with the help of O2 Think Big I could launch Beat the Bullies and encourage other young people to express their feelings through songwriting.