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Camborne teen urges others to speak out over bullying

Camborne teen urges others to speak out over bullying

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:04pm 20th February 2020. (Updated at 5:09pm 20th February 2020)

A teenager from Camborne who has experienced severe bullying is urging others to seek help, before it's too late.

Joe Warne has been battling anxiety and depression for the past six years. He has even experienced suicidal thoughts.

The 16-year-old, who is in year 11 at Hayle Academy, has told Pirate FM how he has only recently been able to talk to his dad about it.

He has been struggling at school and has counselling sessions, through a mental health support service for children.

Now Joe wants to raise awareness to other youngsters to make sure they open up about any mental health problems they are facing.

Joe Warne - bullying and mental health
16-year-old Joe Warne from Camborne is urging other people to speak out after experiencing anxiety and depression

"The other night my dad saw me crying on my bed for about half an hour.

"I have been called horrible and homophobic names, I've been told to kill myself by people who I thought were my friends.

"I was willing to end it all because I just didn't want to go through it anymore.

"I've been going through it for about six years, it is like being trapped in a cell, there's no way out, all I've really learnt is to trust nobody and just walk down the road and see what happens next.

"I think most of the friends I have are going through similar experiences, I know they're having rough times opening up, but I really think people should open up to those they care about before it's too late."

Joe Warne

Joe Warne - bullying and mental health
Joe say he has only recently felt able to talk to his dad about it - and is urging other young people to do the same with their parents

Joe's dad, Colin, wants to make sure mums and dads are also aware and know how to spot the signs.

"Joe had been suffering in silence for a very long time, he kept it to himself, and being old fashioned I had just brushed it under the carpet really.

"I knew he had problems with bullying at school and I'd seen the headteacher to get it sortred, and that was it really.

"You think anxiety only applies to adults, with decisions to make and providing for families, I can't believe he hid it for so long, I feel ashamed.

"It's important for children to talk to their parents, but it's as important for the parents to listen to their children.

"If you don't think your child is seeming themselves, bright and happy, then it would be good to dig deeper."

Colin Warne, Joe's dad

Joe Warne - bullying and mental health
His dad Colin is raising awareness to other parents and is also calling for more support from the school 

Colin is now calling for the school to take more action in helping Joe and his situation. 

He fears his son is not getting all the support and help that he needs and says it has been a struggle to get him signed off.

Colin has currently taken Joe out of school so he can learn from home instead.

A multi-agency meeting is now in the process of being arranged, to talk about how Joe can better be supported in school.

Hayle Academy says it is 'deeply committed to eradicating bullying' and that all students are cared for and supported.

"Hayle Academy has a dedicated and caring team of staff who support our students with all aspects of their education and progress. 

"Our pastoral team are skillful in helping children to build good relationships with their friends, to be respectful towards each other and to make a positive contribution to their school and community. 

"We have high expectations for student behaviour and a clear policy and approach to tackling bullying: like all schools we are deeply committed to eradicating bullying from our school. 

"Whilst we cannot comment on individual children, Hayle's staff place a very high value on our partnership with parents and we work closely with our families to support and care for all our students. 

"Our staff are always available to respond to enquiries or concerns from parents and to provide support and advice."

Hayle Academy

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