Get help from other young people
Sometimes it can help to talk to other young people who’ve had similar experiences.
You can talk to us
Our counsellors will listen to you and won't judge. If you're feeling misunderstood, we're here for you - whenever you need to talk.
Stereotypes can make you feel judged
What are stereotypes?
If you've been affected by stereotypes, you might:
- experience discrimination or hate crime
- feel like you have to hide parts of your identity or background
- want to change how you look
- get bullied or hurt by someone else
- feel lonely or isolated
- have low self esteem.
If you've been judged because of how you look it can make you feel upset, angry or powerless. But we're here to support you.
Things to remember about stereotypes
- They're not based on truth.
- No one has the right to judge you.
- Everyone deserves to be treated as an individual.
- You can get support if you're being treated badly.
- We're here to listen to you.
What you can do
When you’ve been stereotyped or discriminated against it can feel difficult trusting people. And hearing comments based on stereotypes can be hard. But there are things you can try to help you cope.
Helping a friend
If a friend is being judged based on their race, religion or culture it can have a big affect on them. But there are ways to help.
- Tell them that you're there to support them.
- Talk to an adult you trust about what's happening.
- Help them to feel better by doing something you both enjoy.
- Keep away from the bullies.
- Ask your friend how they feel.