The relationship between bullying and suicide is complex. Many media reports oversimplify this relationship, insinuating or directly stating that bullying can cause suicide. The facts tell a different story. In particular, it is not accurate and potentially dangerous to present bullying as the “cause” or “reason” for a suicide, or to suggest that suicide is a natural response to bullying. We recommend media not use the word “bully-cide.”
- Research indicates that persistent bullying can lead to or worsen feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion, and despair, as well as depression and anxiety, which can contribute to suicidal behavior.
- The vast majority of young people who are bullied do not become suicidal.
- Most young people who die by suicide have multiple risk factors.
- Some youth, such as LGBT youth, are at increased risk for suicide attempts even when bullying is not a factor.
- A recent CDC publication provides more information on the relationship between bullying and suicide.
Read more about the possible harm of connecting bullying and suicide in what to avoid.
Above article found at: https://www.stopbullying.gov/media/facts/index.html#target