School bullying is a serious problem that can have lasting consequences for both the victims and the perpetrators. Some experts believe that there may be a link between school bullying and mental health problems. If you or someone you know is being bullied, it’s important to get help.
by David Stone
School bullying among children and teenagers
Bullying has become a staggering reality for many students in both middle and high school.
Reports reveal that approximately one in five children are impacted either directly or indirectly. Both girls and boys of any race, class, age, religious background or sexual orientation can be victims.
When it comes to bullying, nowadays, it’s not limited to physical actions but also spills into verbal and cyber abuse. This, of course, makes matters worse.
Bullying can shape one’s perception of world events, their self-worth and lead to long-term effects like depression and low self-esteem. If these issues are not addressed in time they could scar young minds permanently.
Now more than ever solutions call for everyone working together.
Bullying can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression
Bullying in school has the potential to cause significant mental health issues that can last long into adulthood.
According to research, those exposed to bullying often suffer from depression and anxiety later in life. This link between school bullying and mental health ailments is even stronger when nurses pay attention to cases of physical abuse.
In fact, one study found that physical abuse was strongly correlated with a range of other psychological problems including lower self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, and social phobias.
These instances have significantly impacted their mental well-being both during their time in school and beyond.
Real people affected by school bullying
No one should experience the pain, fear and frustration brought on by school bullying.
Although it can be difficult for those affected to share their stories, understanding how destructive the act of bullying can be is the first step in stopping it.
Take Michael S., a 17-year-old senior in high school. As a freshman, he was a frequent target of bullies both online and at school. His experiences made him feel worthless and led to low self-esteem and even depression because “going to school felt like living in a constant state of misery.”
For Emily T., who is now 16 years old, her experiences with bullying started when she was in elementary school. She would dread entering class since she was constantly teased about her clothes, weight, and looks. It left her feeling scared and miserable for years.
While the hardships Michael S. and Emily T. faced may not ever be forgotten, their experiences remind us that no one endure such mistreatment from others.
How to prevent or stop school bullying
School bullying is an epidemic that has been affecting countless children worldwide. It can cause negative emotions, erode self-confidence and have long-lasting consequences. Preventing it from happening requires that schools create proactive bullying prevention programs. These must include training for staff and students.
Spotting signs of bullying, reinforcing expectations through positive reinforcement and encouraging students to speak up are vital.
At the same time, there should be systems in place that adequately addresses reports from bystanders such as anonymous reporting hotlines and safety plans for victims.
Parents also play a huge role when it comes to preventing school bullying, from having open conversations with their children to staying involved in their school activities.
While these measures cannot prevent all instances of bullying, they can build a supportive environment for students and pave the way for more meaningful change in the future.
Here are some resources that are always available.
Q: Where can I get help for mental health issues?
A: For those who are in need of mental health support, there are a number of options available. These include speaking with your primary care provider, seeking counseling from a licensed therapist or social worker, participating in support groups, and utilizing hotlines such as the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (988) or 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night.
Q: Are there any online resources to help people with mental health issues?
A: Yes! Many websites offer helpful advice and tips related to mental health. Additionally, there are an increasing number of online therapy platforms, such as Talkspace and BetterHelp, that provide access to certified therapists without requiring the individual to leave the comfort of their own home.
Q: What if I can’t afford professional treatment?
A: There are a variety of options available for those who cannot afford traditional therapy services. Some organizations provide free or sliding-scale services based on income, so it’s best to contact local mental health centers or financial assistance offices for more information about available programs. Additionally, some healthcare providers may offer payment plans or discounts for services. The Samaritans is a free New York City-based crisis hotline ((212) 673-3000).
Reach out for help if struggling with mental health issues
Mental health is an issue close to many hearts, yet people often feel too overwhelmed by emotions to reach out and ask for help.
Left unaddressed, mental health issues become debilitating and hard to recover from. That’s why it’s important for those struggling with their mental health to know that help is available from various sources.
Mental health professionals and support groups both offer valuable assistance. If you or somebody you know is feeling overwhelmed, do not be afraid to take the first step. Reaching out for help isn’t a sign of weakness, but an admission that you need assistance on the path to recovery.
School bullying is a serious problem that can have long-lasting effects on its victims. If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue, reach out for help. There are many resources available to support you through difficult times.