General Article Mental health and bullying

Topic Selected: Bullying Book Volume: 380

One in four people experience a mental health problem. Whilst not all are down to bullying behaviour, simply having a mental health problem can lead to a person being bullied.

As we come to better understand bullying, the more concerned health professionals are becoming over the potentially damaging and long-lasting impact that bullying has on the mental health of those who experience it.

Bullying can devastate a person’s life. They can lose all faith in their ability, feel ill and depressed and find it hard to feel motivated to work or learn.

Those who are bullied are at risk for a variety of mental health concerns. Some of them are at risk for experiencing an acute stress or trauma reaction, or depending on the form of bullying, they could have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Young people who are bullied are more likely to experience: depression, anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns and loss of interest in activities th...

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