Last week we all read Renee’s story all about her amazing daughter who has suffered bullying, if you missed it check it out.
This week our story comes from the incredible Sophie Mei Lan from Mama Mei . Please share your support for our campaign by sharing the stories with your friends, family and anywhere at all that you think will help up to spread the word or this picture of Annabelle using the hashtag #Bullieswontwin
Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Sophie Mei Lan a blogger and vlogger at I’m Sophie Mei Lan a blogger and vlogger at MamaMei.co.uk. I’m a freelance journalist, publicist and film-maker at evokemediagroup.co.uk.
I’m a mum-of-two and married to a chef. I’m also a mental heath campaigner, fitness fanatic and attachment parenting pro.
Can you remember when the bullying started for you? Where were you? What happened?
I was pretty much bullied throughout my school life from junior school to senior school. It was either on the school bus or in the playground.
It was to do with my weight, the fact I’m mixed race and also because my Dad is Gay.
Can you remember how it made you feel at the time?
Horrendous. It nearly killed me. It had a massive impact on my self-esteem and confidence.
How has bullying affected you in your life and how you are as a person?
In made me study harder as I could see a way out. But it has had a lasting impact on how I view myself and self-hatred.
I try to use such negative experiences though to make a difference now.
If you could change anything about your experience what would it be? What would you do differently?
I would’ve got the police involved sooner as they put a stop to it and they were really supportive. I wish I’d started writing about it then so school could see how desperate I was for it to end. I even got in trouble for running out of school to escape the bullies, but the bullies didn’t.
If you could give one piece of advice to somebody who is going through bullying now what would it be?
It is not something you should put up with, bullying is wrong. It is not something adults should put up with nor should children.
Tell someone you trust. Try and find a hobby to release your anger/sadness etc. It’s not you that is the problem, it is them.
Thank you Sophie!!! You can check out Sophie on the links below. I think we can all safely say Sophie has turned her bullying round and really made something of herself. To me that just shows how much #Bullieswontwin