Is it true that bullying increases the risk of suicide?

Is it true that bullying increases the risk of suicide?

"Although youngsters who are bullied are at an elevated risk of suicide, bullying alone is not the cause," says StopBullying.gov. Many factors contribute to suicide risk, including depression, family troubles, and a history of trauma. Furthermore, certain populations are at a higher risk of suicide,...

What percent of suicides are caused by bullying?

A little more than 14% of high school students ponder suicide, and around 7% attempt suicide. Bullied students are around 2 to 9 times more likely than non-victims to ponder suicide. According to a British research, bullying is responsible for at least half of all suicides among young people. The same study also reported that bullied youth are 4 to 6 times more likely than their peers not being bullied to make a suicide plan.

What types of bullying cause most suicides? Studies show that those who are bullied online are about twice as likely as those who are not cyberbullied to make an attempt on their own life. This may be because those who are cyberbullied often feel like they have no one to turn to for help. Those who are bullied online can also be targeted with other forms of harassment such as name calling, spreading rumors, and sending harmful content. Cyberbullying is a growing problem among young people and has been linked to several other negative outcomes including depression, anxiety, loneliness, and feeling like quitting school.

Who are some famous people who were bullied?

Many people know John Lennon from his popular song "Imagine". But he also had to deal with being beaten up by boys in his school who did not like his music. Actress and comedian Amy Poehler has said that she was once called every single fatality at the World Trade Center and expected to die too. She wrote about this experience in her book "Yes Please!".

How are victims of bullying more at risk for suicide?

According to Yale University research, bully victims are 2 to 9 times more likely than non-victims to ponder suicide. Girls aged 10 to 14 may be at an even higher risk of suicide than males aged 10 to 14.

There are three main reasons why bullying can lead to suicide: depression, anxiety, and self-harm. Bully victims are 3 to 9 times more likely than non-victims to suffer from depression. They are 2 to 5 times more likely than non-victims to experience anxiety. And they are more likely to self-injure themselves. Bullying can also lead to suicide because it can cause someone who would not have otherwise harmed themselves to do so. For example, if a victim of bullying finds themselves alone with their thoughts, then this could cause them to consider killing themselves.

If you're being bullied online, tell someone about it. Tell your parents or an adult you trust. If they don't know what to do, they will tell you how. Some websites offer help to victims of cyberbullying.

You should also tell a friend that you can trust. This person will want to know that you are safe and will hopefully warn you if anyone else tries to harm you.

Finally, get educated. Find out about bullying so that you can know what to do if you are being bullied.

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Mary Powers

Mary Powers is a licensed psychologist and has been practicing for over 15 years. She has a passion for helping people heal mentally, emotionally and physically. She enjoys working with clients one-on-one to identify their unique needs and helping them find solutions that work for them.

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