Bullied victims are 7 to 9 per cent more likely to consider suicide according to a study by Yale University. Studies in Britain have found half of the suicides among youth related to bullying. According to a study by ABC News over 30,000 children stay home every day due to the fear of being bullied. Bullying can be related to physical, emotional, cyber bullying, and sexting, i.e. circulating nude or suggestive pictures or messages about of a person.

There are numbers we all have to pay attention at:

  • 17% of students reported being victims of cyber bullying;
  • 41% per cent victims of physical bullying;
  • 15% experienced different kinds. The types and rates of bullying varied according to gender in this study. About 50 per cent of girls experienced psychological bullying, and 45 per cent males physical bullying.

 The Center For Disease Control reported that students that experience bullying are twice as likely to suffer from various problems. These include depression, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and trouble adjusting to school. They are twice as likely to get stomach-aches and headaches.

  • In 2014 1 of 3 students reported being bullied during the school year;
  • About 64.5% reported incidents that occurred twice in the year;
  • 18.5% reported incidents reported bullying twice a month;
  • 7.8% reported bullying being bullied daily.

 According to the Suicide Awareness Voices for Education, suicide is, among 15 to 24 years old, one of the leading causes of death for youth.

  • 16% of students seriously consider suicide, 13% create a plan, and 8% have made a serious attempt.

 About 80 per cent of youth that commits suicide have depressive symptoms. Peer victimizations and bullying causes higher rates of suicide among youth according to the JAMA Pediatrics. Cyber bullying leads to thoughts of suicide more than traditional bullying. Many students are bullied and engage in bullying behaviour.

Cases of Suicide around the world due to bullying and it’s different types.

USA

On January 12, 2012 Amanda Diane Cummings, a 15 year old Staten Island youth, jumped in front of a bus. She carried a note on her that stated that classmates were constantly teasing her and stole her personal possessions. While she recovered in the hospital classmates posted cruel comments on her Facebook page. Bullying is not considered a serious crime by many. Kids that report incidents are told to toughen up or fight back. Sometimes authorities tell children no one likes a tattletale, so they do not get the help they need.

Ireland

A young male from Ireland named Joshua Unsworth hanged himself after frequent cyber bullying on a social network that he belonged to. He was teased about his father being a farmer and peers made fun of his dating habits. This constant barrage of bullying lead to depression and suicide.

Canada

Amanda Toddage 15, high school student who died of suicide by hanging due to school bullying and cyberbullying. She died by suicide at the age of 15 at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell her experience of allegedly being blackmailed into exposing her breasts via webcam.

England

Hannah Smith was only fourteen when she took her own life because of cyber bullying. She hung herself in her home in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. After her death, her father found hate posts directed at her on the aks.fm website, which allows anonymous postings.

Brazil

Roliver de Jesus dos Santos, 12 years old, hung himself after years being victim of bullying at school for being an over weight kid. After another day of aggression, he was found hanging himself with his mom’s belt at home. His father took him to the ER in a helpless try of saving the young son.

 According to the American Association of Suicidology rates for suicide among 10 to 14 year olds has grown 50 per cent over the last three decades. Parents and educators should know the signs of youth and teens at risk for suicide. This can help save lives. Looking at bullying and statistics often helps adults learn to see the problem before it become serious.

 You may check this article by NoBullying.com that helps us to identify signs of bullying victimise and suicidal behavior.

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Photo credit: Netflix, 13 Reasons Why, 2017.
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