What is United We Live?

Student Support Line - unitedwelive@wqsb.qc.ca is a help line aimed at giving students at our schools an opportunity to seek assistance, advice, guidance, and/or support from school staff. If you or someone you know is in need of support with regards to violence or bullying-type behvaiours, please email us and we will explore further the situation to best help the individual or groups of students concerned. Only one person will be reading the emails, the Principal, and will be responding to emails treating everyone email seriously and confidentially.

What is bullying? (Click to expand)
Bullying is when someone does or says something to hurt someone else. It is always on purpose. Individuals can bully others, but so can groups. Either way, bullying is about making someone feel small and powerless. No one asks to be bullied, and no one deserves it. The good news: Bullying can be stopped, Help is available, and No one is alone.
Are you a target? (Click to expand)
Lots of teens face bullying every day, but that doesn't make it right. You have a right to be yourself without getting bullied. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Walk away and get to a safe place
  • Avoid places where bullying has happened
  • Stick with people who will stick up for you
  • Talk to someone you trust, like your parents, a friend, a teacher, a counsellor or coach. Remember that confiding in someone is not the same as tattling, especially when it comes to your safety or the safety of others
  • Work out a plan to put an end to it, together
  • Contact an authority, like a school principal or the police
  • Try not to lose your cool even if you're upset and Walking away sends a powerful message
  • Fighting will make it worse
  • If you've tried a few different things to make the bullying stop, and it's still happening, don't give up. Talk to someone else, and keep trying. It's okay to ask for help by emailing unitedwelive@wqsb.qc.ca
Are you a bystander? (Click to expand)
It's hard to know what to do when you see someone being bullied, but as a bystander, you have an opportunity to make a powerful difference in someone's life. In most cases, bullying stops when a bystander steps in. You can choose to do the right thing:

  • Don't be a silent witness. You would want someone to have your back if you were the one getting bullied
  • Don't watch and laugh. That's even worse than doing nothing
  • If it's too hard to speak out, send an anonymous note to school staff at unitedwelive@wqsb.qc.ca
  • Invite the person being targeted to leave the situation/environment with you and go to a safe place
  • Encourage the target to get help from someone, like a guidance counsellor, teacher, or other adult who can help.
Are you bullying? (Click to expand)
You might not know why you're bullying others, but it's a good sign that you're reading this. It means you want to change. Here's where to start:

  • Talk to someone you trust, like your parents, a friend, a teacher, a counsellor or coach.
  • If it's too hard to seek help, send an anonymous note to school staff at unitedwelive@wqsb.qc.ca
  • Walk away from situations where you want to bully
  • Resist peer pressure to bully. No one can tell you what to do
  • Hang out with friends who will help keep you in check
  • Try using your energy in positive ways, like playing sports or doing another activity
  • Apologize to the people you've hurt, even if it means sending an anonymous note
  • Just because people might watch and laugh, it doesn't mean they like it when you bully
  • Do you get into trouble when you bully? Maybe it would be better to get attention in other ways
  • Put the shoe on the other foot. Think about how it feels to be threatened, beaten up, or excluded.