Sadly, there is a strong link between bullying and suicides. We have the statistics for you. People often see bullying as part of growing up, something that most people go through. But they don’t always realise how serious it can be and the major affects it can have on people.
Bullied Victims are 7-9% more likely to consider suicide. (Study by Yale University)
One of 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide every year. (Suicide Awareness Voices)
16% of students seriously consider suicide, 13% create a plan and 8% have made an attempt. (Suicide Awareness Voices)
35.7% of elementary school kids are required by the school district to teach suicide prevention, 61.5% of middle schoolers, and 75% of high schoolers. (The National Alliance on Mental Health)
Suicide rates in 10-14 year olds have grown over 50% in the past three decades (American Association of Suicidology)
About 20% of people who are cyber bullied consider suicide
A few ways to tell if someone is depressed:
They are talking or joking about committing suicide with friends or family and on social media.
Writing poems or stories about death, dying and suicide primarily.
Engaging in reckless behaviour that results in accidents or giving away prized possessions.
Talking about ways to kill their self through pills, or weapons.
An outgoing person that withdraws from family and friends is a sign.
A good student whose grades plummet and they lose interest in learning is a sign of depression.
Change in eating habits.
Either an extreme weight loss or an extreme weight gain.
How to help:
Encourage kids when they’re being bullied to tell an adult or teacher so that they can get help. Additionally, when a child is depressed and does not seem to be getting any better, try and get them help. Talk with your doctor who may be able to recommend psychiatric help. Bullying suicide statistics are just a sign that adults need to be more involved with their kids. In this way, tragedies can be prevented and kids can be saved.
Find out more, and get further information and advice at http://www.nobullying.com