General Article Bullying is driving more than one in eight young people to have suicidal behaviours, research shows

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Scientists looked at data from 220,000 adolescents from 83 countries around the world.

By Shaun Lintern, Health Correspondent

Bullying is a key driver of suicidal behaviour among young people across the world, according to new research warning the problem is worse than previously feared.

An international study by scientists in Britain, China and the US looked at data from 220,000 adolescents aged between 12 and 15 from 83 countries.

The study found more than one in eight youngsters across the world had suicidal behaviours, with bullying strongly associated to suicide attempts.

The study, led by scientists at the University of Wolverhampton, and China’s Guangzhou Medical University, said there was a need to strengthen policies and actions to reduce bullying in order to address suicidal behaviours among young people.

Worldwide each year, approximately 800,000 people die by suicide, the second leading cause of death among 10 to 24-year-olds. Child suicide is linked to 220,000 deaths a ...

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