Amazing People – Rachel Downie: Helping Children Speak Up About Bullying – Hope 103.2

Amazing People – Rachel Downie: Helping Children Speak Up About Bullying

After losing a year 9 student to suicide, Rachel decided she needed to find a way to support young people to speak up when things aren't right.

Listen: Sam and Duncan chat with 2020 QLD Australian of the Year, Rachel Stymie

By Ally BarnesThursday 20 Feb 2020Amazing People with Sam and Duncan

Bullying can impact someone for a long time. And it affects not just one person – but those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness it. What’s more, with social media, bullying isn’t just confined to the playground; it continues after school hours. 

When former teacher Rachel Downie lost a year 9 student to suicide, she decided to find a way to support young people to speak up when things aren’t right. She discovered students often felt too frightened to come forward with possible life-saving information because of peer expectations.

This led Rachel to develop and self-fund Stymie – an old-fashioned word for stop – to allow students to anonymously report harm without fear.

Rachel is the 2020 QLD Australian of the Year, and she shared with Sam & Duncan tips on how to encourage teenagers to say something.

Need Support?

  • If you or someone you know is struggling or needs a compassionate listening person to talk to, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Australia’s Suicide Callback Service, on 1300 659 467.