High school suicide rates on the rise

Study results published by NY Daily News show that attempted suicides have risen from 6.3% to 7.8%. Teen suicide is now a growing problem in today’s society.

There are suggestions that there is a strong link between bullying and suicide. Perhaps in the past many parents have viewed ‘bullying’ as part of being a kid and growing up, but more and more it is being considered as a serious problem. A problem that leads to many negative effects for victims, and in some cases devastating consequences such as a student ending their life by suicide. Many people may not realize that there is also a link between being a bully and suicide attempts.

According to a study by Yale University bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims.

  • A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying
  • 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above
  • According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying

 

Bully-related suicide can be connected to different types of bullying, including emotional, physical, and cyberbullying through email, chat, instant messaging, social media, texting or circulating nude or suggestive photos. If you relate some of this activity to an adolescence’s emotional reaction, one often of embarrassment, this kind of bullying may seem like the end of the world for them.

Dr Hector Adames told NBC that with an increased means of communication there’s increased opportunity for bullying to occur which will eventually lead to an increase in the rate of attempted suicides.

 

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