Effects of bullying on mental health

Juan Pablo Perret

June 16, 2022

Bullying can seriously affect the mental health of the people who have been victims of it, both short and long term. It negatively affects their life and develops further problems, ranging from low self-esteem to thoughts of self-harm.

Furthermore, other NICHD research suggests that young people who are victims of bullying tend to develop depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem, compared to those who have not suffered any violence.

In addition, the study ensures that young people who have been related to bullying situations are more likely to fall into substance use, have poor academic performance, and be violent against others throughout their lives. Meanwhile, cyberbullying also appears in the report, and it is mentioned that people affected by this type of violence are the most likely to develop depression.

Regarding stalkers, the study showed that over time, those who carry out this practice develop antisocial behaviors, such as problems in their educational environment and aggressive behaviors in their daily lives, which prevents them from having lasting friendships.

But not only were the people who directly participate in the case of harassment, but the study also ensures that those who participate indirectly, that is, they observe or remain silent regarding the case of violence, are affected by anxiety and stress.

Who can help young people? Fighting or fear of going to school, blaming others for your problems or poor grades are signs of what may be happening to you. Parents, teachers, and adults who interact with children are the ones who can detect if the child suffers from any of these symptoms and help them in the process of overcoming them.

BRAVE UP! also helps in this process, with its tools such as the diagnosis of school coexistence or sociogram, which help to know the relationships within the courses and to detect cases of bullying early.


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