Bullying and Suicide

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
  • Depression
  • 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.

If you are under 21, the counsellors at Tel-jeunes or Kids Help Phone can also help you.

Other resources can help people who are being bullied.

Advice for victims of bullying

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