According to a recent study that took place in Britain, half of the teenage suicides were discovered to be related to bullying. This same study showed that the teenagers who were more at risk were girls between the ages of 10 and 14. Another study suggested that 30% of all students are either bullies or victims of bullying. It was also discovered that a significant number of students avoid school everyday for fear of getting bullied.
Each type of bullying has a likelihood of causing suicide be it cyber-bullying, sexting, physical bullying, and emotional bullying and so on. The regions and schools that have an extreme problem with bullying will also have a higher rate of suicides which is only made worse by the sad fact that students who are exposed to regular suicide may consider the same option too.
Bullying and Suicide – Warning Signs
Every parent who notices all or any of the above symptoms in their child has every reason to sense danger and should therefore talk to the child about it and get help as soon as possible.
There are some cases though where the teenager will not display any of the above signs. This is especially true when the teenager is undergoing a very bad episode of bullying. In other cases, the bullies will even suggest suicide to their victims by either making the suggestion directly to by telling them that they are of no worth to the world.
When the bullying is serious, no parent out there should hesitate speaking to the school authorities and to the bully’s parents or guardians too. If the school administration can’t seem to control the bully, then its time to let the police handle matters before your teenager takes his or her own life.
Teenagers and other victims of bullying are also advised to talk to someone as soon as thoughts of suicides cross their minds. Nothing can be as painful as losing a child as a result of one or more cruel kids out to have a little fun. Parents, friends and relatives of suicide victims need professional help since they are likely to develop suicide thoughts too.