Bullying and Suicide
I was ashamed of what people would think if I talked about it. I felt like I was all on my own. A worker at the youth center helped me realize that I was really in bad shape. I’m glad he was there for me.
What is bullying?
Bullying occurs when a person is frequently subject to aggressive behaviour or hurtful comments at school, at work, or online.
How to recognize aggressive or hurtful behaviour
Aggressive behaviour used to bully people can take various forms:
- Physical: When a person hits, pushes, spits on, or trips up another person;
- Psychological: When a person or group mocks someone with the intent of hurting or threatening them or makes offensive gestures or degrading comments;
- Social: When a person or group of people spreads hurtful rumours about a person or posts embarrassing images or videos of them online.
What are the effects of bullying?
- Severe stress
- Fear of how others will behave towards you
- Fear of crowded spaces
- Panic attacks
- Low self-esteem
- Headaches and stomach aches
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Suicidal thoughts
Are you being bullied and having suicidal thoughts?
People who are bullied may have suicidal thoughts. If this is the case for you, consult the following sections:
Taking stock of your mental health
The first step toward taking back control is identifying what’s causing your suicidal thoughts.
Taking care of yourself
There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and regain your balance when you’re having suicidal thoughts.
Talking about it with your loved ones
Asking for help from your family and friends isn’t always easy. There are different ways of going about it.
Finding support services
Every day, all sorts of people contact support services to get the help they need.
What to do if you’re being bullied
Bullying can be dealt with. First, it’s important to talk to someone you trust. If you wish to discuss your situation with a psychosocial worker and get support, you can also call Info-Social at 811, option 2.