Sea cadets in Hartlepool joined thousands of youth groups to support National Anti-Bullying Week.
The Hartlepool Sea Cadet Unit took part in the awareness week by dedicating a drill to the event.
Lieutenant (SCC) David Quinn RMR, officer in charge at Hartlepool Sea Cadets says: “We are proud to support Anti-Bullying Week to raise awareness of bullying.
“The majority of people, including me, have been a victim of bullying at one time or another and know just how torturous and destroying it can be. It is a very serious issue for any person and we’re pleased to play our part in the national campaign.”
According to a national bullying survey held this year of 73 schools and colleges, 50% of the 4,800 young people aged 13 to 20 who were asked said they have bullied another person and 43% have been bullied themselves.
As a result of bullying, 29% have self-harmed, 27% skipped class and 14% developed an eating disorder while 12% ran away from home.
Sea Cadets offers young people between 10 and 18 an environment where they can find confidence and inspiration through nautical adventure.
Across the UK 14,000 young people are challenging themselves and learning new skills based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy to give them the best possible head start in life.
To join as a cadet or volunteer, go to www.hartlepoolscc.co.uk