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Bullying and Well-being

The Mary Foundation’s first focus area was Bullying and Well-being. We quickly recognised that in order to combat social isolation, we need to focus on bullying.

We strive to prevent bullying through improved well-being as we believe that strong children’s communities provide the best opportunities to circumvent bullying.

This approach has resulted in several projects, among others: Free of Bullying, BookFun and Antibulli. All projects aim to strengthen children’s sense of being part of a community, so that all children feel they belong.

UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Learning and well-being go hand in hand, which is why our work to ensure children thrive and are able to access their communities can be seen as contributing to SDG 4.

In a Danish context, a “high quality childcare facility” should be considered as one where all children feel welcome, accepted and valued. We regard targets 4.1, 4.2 and 4.6 to be particularly relevant to the Foundation’s work.

Facts about Bullying

Bullying is a serious problem for many children.

  • 6% of all 11-15 year-olds are often bullied
  • Bullying can be prevented from as early as preschool
  • Bullying is not about individuals – but about the dynamics in the group

Bullying: Friends can make a big difference

It pays off to ask for help if you are being bullied. A new study on the Danish population and teachers’ experiences of bullying and loneliness at school shows that individuals who are bullied find that receiving help from their surroundings is beneficial. Especially classmates and friends outside class can …
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A short film about finding the inner strength to stand up against bullying. Made by the Oscars award winning director Anders Walter in collaboration between DR Ultra and The Mary Foundation.
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