As a young-adult in today’s society, I have seen many forms of bullying, have lost friends to suicide, and have suffered from bullying myself. I have seen bullying occur in schools, in the workplace, during sports-related events, and in many other places. The effects of bullying are not only long term, but are also one of the top leading causes of suicide. Bullying many times leads to depression, anxiety, disorders, etc. which are major risk factors that lead to the thoughts and acts suicide. Bullying and suicide go hand in hand as the bully and the one being bullied are both affected by the actions present. Even though many other things also are risk factors for suicide, there is a strong connection between suicide and bullying because depression is an extreme risk for suicide, those who are bullied or are the bully are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts or attempts, and bullying has lasting effects in which affect the individuals each and every day. Bullying is a major risk factor for suicide due to the long-term effects of the actions of others as well as the result of anxiety, depression, and many other emotional deficits causing suicidal thoughts and attempts.
The effects of bullying and suicide have proven that there is a strong connection due to the fact that depression is an extreme risk for suicide and is diagnosed as a result of bullying. “Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University” (Bullying Statistics). The side effects that result from bullying have had an enormous impact on individuals who suffer each and every day causing an increase or a beginning to suicidal thoughts. On an average day to day basis, individual’s self-esteem is in the normal range but as chronic bullying occurs, self-esteem and the thought process tend to take a toll on the individual causing thoughts to begin. Suicide has increased throughout the years as bullying has increased due to the correlation. “Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For ever suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it” (Bullying Statistics). The connection between suicide and bullying displays that bullying is a major risk factor for suicide due to the effects such as depression and anxiety as well as other effects.
As a victim of bullying, the constant name-calling, cyberbullying, physical abuse, and much more causes a drastic decrease in one’s emotion and social aspects of life. As a result, depression and anxiety causes individuals to produce suicidal thoughts and to possibly even attempt it. Many people believe that bullying causes suicide. However, the effects in which bullying causes is really what causes suicidal actions. “Negative outcomes of bullying may include: depression, anxiety, involvement in interpersonal violence or sexual violence, substance abuse, poor social functioning, and poor school performance, including lower grade point averages, standardized test scores, and poor attendance” (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control). Individuals are not only directly affected but are also indirectly affected and are suffering in extra-curricular activities and education. As a middle school student, I suffered from cyber bullying, name calling, physical abuse, people pulling chairs out from underneath me, and much more. During my personal instances, my grades and extracurricular activities were being affected due to my change in emotion and my social aspect of life. I became depressed and had anxiety and was nervous to go to school. Therefore, I was directly and indirectly affected and I still suffer with the effects to this day.
Bullying is a much bigger issue than many think due to the fact that bullying has long-lasting effects in which cause long-lasting depression and anxiety. In today’s society, many people are being treated for the symptoms of depression and anxiety. “Still, the findings add to the body of evidence already linking bullying and peer victimization to future mental health problems, said Dieter Wolke, a psychology researcher at the University of Warwick in the UK who wasn’t involved in the study” (Rapaport). The study produced by the University of Warwick allowed for others to see the long-lasting effects in which could cause further emotional and mental issues. As a victim of bullying, an individual tends to feel as though they are inferior to others which in turn causes further mental issues as well. “One of the most painful feelings is to be socially rejected, ridiculed, beaten, and embarrassed by other classmates… If this continues chronically, it not only increases anxiety of social contacts, it leads to defeat and internalization that one is useless, worthless, incapable, not worth loving” (Rapaport). The symptoms of depression include the feeling of usefulness and incapable; however, these symptoms are causing by bullying and lead to the suicidal thoughts I talk about today.
While many other effects are also risk factors for suicide, there is a strong connection between suicide and bullying. “The bottom-line of the most current research findings is that being involved in bullying in any way as a person who bullies, a person who is bullied, or a person who both bullies and is bullied, is ONE of several important risk factors that appears to increase the risk of suicide among youth” (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control). Bullying and suicide have a positive correlation; as bullying increases, suicide increases. Therefore, bullying is a risk factor for suicide and causes effects in which cause a decrease in one’s emotional and social aspects of life that are long-lasting and produces suicidal thoughts and actions. Even though people bypass bullying, people need to understand the bullying is a leading risk factor that leads to suicide in young-adults as well as children and adults in today’s society.
Bullying Statistics. Bullying and Suicide. n.d. 17 April 2018. <http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-and-suicide.html>.
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide. n.d. 17 April 2018. <https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/bullying-suicide-translation-final-a.pdf>.
Rapaport, Lisa. Childhood bullying linked to suicide risk for teens. n.d. 17 April 2018. <https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-teens-bullying-suicide/childhood-bullying-linked-to-suicide-risk-for-teens-idUSKBN1F52TD>.