How Many People Died From Bullying?

March 3, 2024

Every year, hundreds of people commit suicide because they feel so powerless against their tormentors that they choose to end their lives. While any life loss is tragic, it’s especially devastating when the cause is bullying – in-person or via the Internet (aka cyberbullying).

Experts emphasize that bullying alone does not cause suicide, but it can increase a student’s risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Bullying is also associated with other stressors that can lead to suicide, such as mental illness or family conflict.

In addition to depression, teens who are bullied can suffer from sleep issues, low academic performance, anxiety, and other problems. Research has shown that students who are targeted by bullying have more than double the rate of depression and other mental health conditions than those who don’t experience it.

Bullies are usually bigger, stronger, and more aggressive than their victims, so they can physically hurt them or destroy their property. They are often motivated by jealousy or hatred, and they use aggression to make others fear them. They often target the same group of people over and over. They can be strangers or classmates, but they are most likely peers who are close in age.

If you or someone you know is being bullied, tell an adult you trust like a teacher or parent. Don’t be afraid to do this, because it’s not “snitching.” Bullies are more likely to stop if they know that their victim has told someone.

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