In recent years, bullying has gained more traction as far as attention from the general public. Pop culture has also latched on to the topic, and that is evident through Netflix’s television series, “13 Reasons Why.” The show is based off the novel by Jay Asher, and it follows a high school student who suffers from bullying – something that ends up leading to her suicide.
The idea of suicide and bullying being linked together isn’t just something that is played on a television show. It happens in real life.
According to Bullying Statistics, an online tool that offers anti-bullying help, facts and more, there is a link between bullying and suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, according to the Centers for Disease Control. People who are bullied are between two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than those who are no bullied, according to studies by Yale University.
Last February, Mya Vizcarrondo-Rios, a New York City high schooler, jumped 34 stories from the roof of her apartment building and was later pronounced dead at the age of 15. Her parents sued, saying employees at Harry S. Truman, the school where Vizcarrondo-Rios attended. Staff at the school allegedly knew she was being bullied almost every day. The result led to her suffering from severe emotional pain and depression, according to the lawsuit.
Bullying is different for children nowadays, as they can’t necessarily get away from it due to popular social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. According to the Cyberbulling Research Center, a study of 4,972 middle and high school students between the ages of 12 and 17 found that 37 percent of the sampling reported being cyberbullied in their lifetime.
Bullying doesn’t just happen as an adolescent – it can continue into adult life as well – specifically in the workplace.
Workplace bullying happens when a person or a group of people single out someone in the workplace. Typically, the bullying comes from a person in authority, according to Bullying Statistics. Workplace bullying can be in any form from being shouted at or sworn at, to being singled out, to being excluded from company activities or having contributions purposefully ignored.
Bullying can lead to social isolation, low self-esteem, anxiety, higher risk of illness, poor performance, psychosomatic symptoms like stomachaches and headaches and depression. Long term risks include chronic depression, suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts, as mentioned in this article earlier, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you have been bullied and feel like a crime has occurred or someone is at risk of harm, call 911. If you have suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.