BULLYING AND ITS EFFECTS
Bullying is a major issue among middle and high school students. Bullying can have some major consequences, and not just to the person bullying if they get caught. A person that is, or has been, bullied can develop mental issues, the most common being depression and anxiety. We created this flyer to raise bullying awareness, and to inform people on the results you might not even notice.
Some people may think that bullying isn't that common or that it only happens to certain people. But, that is far from the truth. In 2012, one in every six students reported being bullied. That doesn't include the hundreds of people that get bullied, but don't speak up. Bullying can also lead people to self-harm. People self-harm because they have so many emotional problems or so much stress in their lives that they don't know how to deal with. 13-35% of students have self-harmed.
Depression is a condition that can cause you to think, feel, and act differently. It can also cause physical problems. It can lead to suicide if left long enough without being noticed. 26% of people in Virginia ages 12-17 have admitted to being depressed. It is important to know the symptoms in order to know when to take the steps to cure it.
The symptoms are:
Feeling sad for excessive periods of time
Crying for no apparent reason
Getting frustrated, mad, or angry over things that don't matter or aren't very important
Lost interest in things that used to be enjoyable
More fights with family and/or friends
Trouble making decisions, concentrating, or thinking
Being overly critical or hard on themselves
Feeling the need to be reassured
Frequent thoughts of death
Self harm is a common effect of bullying and depression. Teens have a severe amount of stress weighing on them, and they have no idea how to get rid of it. So, they harm themselves by cutting or burning their skin. Out of all the students in the USA, about 13-35% have or will self-harm.
Anxiety is another common condition that can occur from bullying. It is normal to get anxious about things, but when it is constantly affecting you and your ability to do things that you would normally do, then it has become a disorder. About 42 million adults in America have and anxiety disorder.
27% of teens ages 12-17 are depressed in Virginia. 10% of those 26% have attempted or have committed suicide in the past year. 17% of the 26% have seriously thought about suicide.
Richmond, Virginia has had the highest rate of suicides in the past 13 years. In 2011, there were 1,067 suicides in the state. The numbers have gone up since 2003, when there were 804 suicides. Are 3.4 times more likely to commit suicide than females in Virginia.
In conclusion, this topic is a serious matter. First, for making people lose self confidence and self expression. Next, for effecting the victims, making them go into a deep depression or an insane anxiety. Lastly, for bringing people to the conclusion that they are worthless in this world, making them take their own precious lives. Bullying is cowardly, idiotic, absurd, and most of all, completely dumb. Even some of the people in this room have been bullied, or have even been the bully.
The fact that this has been going on since humans were on this Earth disgusts me. It needs to be demolished, or at the least taken down a notch, to decrease the death rates. Everyone has their own place in this world, even if you don't think they do. We can all stop bullying if we actually try.