A recent study has found that there is a higher risk of suicide for bullies and victims. The new analysis of research is from around the world, suggesting that kids involved in bullying are at higher risk of suicideal thoughts and possibly actions.
Kids who bully others are the most troubled of all.
“Our study highlights the significant impact bullying involvement can have on mental health for some youth,” said study lead author Melissa Holt, an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Boston University.
The connection between bullying and suicidal thoughts is well established.
The study found highest odds for suicide in bullied people who were also bullies themselves. According to Robert Faris, associate professor of counseling psychology at Boston University, the link is stronger for the victims.
However, “we also know that bullying alone does not directly cause suicide,” he said, and it’s not clear “how we get from being bullied to suicide.”