Bullycides – suicides caused by bullying. Suicide among teens is one of the most troublesome problems in America, and as of late, those rates have been rising. The mental health crisis caused by bullying among America’s youth is real and staggering.
Bullying increases the risk of teenage suicide. The National Center for Educational Statistics, in 2009, “said nearly 1 in 3 students between the ages of 12 and 18 reported being bullied in school”. Eight years earlier, only 14 percent of that population said they had experienced bullying. “The suicide rate among 18- to 19-year-olds climbed 56 percent from 2008 to 2017. Other behaviors related to depression have also increased, including emergency department admissions for self-harm, such as cutting, as well as hospital admissions for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts” according to Jean (Twenge 2019).One of these kids, Tyler Long, who was being bullied by his peers at Murray High for being autistic finally decided to put an end to it, a permanent end. The same fate was placed upon a 15-year old, Irish immigrant, Phoebe Prince who experienced continuous bullying.
Studies were showing an increase in the symptoms of depression and in suicide among adolencents since 2010. Suicide beckons its victim with the cool relief of escaping the pains of one’s problems by the possibility of retreating to a calmer place – but, like a charlatan, its promises are empty(“Overcoming thoughts of suicide” 2018) . One societal shift that influenced teens the most in the past decade was the spread of smartphones and digital media.Cyberbullying has been on the rise, especially in girls (Ollove 2014). It has fully reconstructed their lives, and today teens spend more time communicating electronically which is associated with mental health issues.
However, many people think that bullying is a rite of passage and everyone goes through it. It is also hard to truly know that bullying is the cause for suicide. In most cases it may not be possible to definitively attribute a teen’s suicide to a particular cause, be it bullying, a broken heart, a bad test score, or simply chronic depression(Ollove 2014).Most people think drug abuse and depression cause most of the teenage suicides. That doesn’t mean that we can just shove bullying under the rug. The idea that there’s an epidemic in anxiety or depression among youth ‘is simply a myth,’ psychiatrist Richard Friedman wrote in The New York Times last year (Jean 2019) We need to create programs to help kids that are getting bullied and make sure that they are available to all people suffering from bullying.
By stopping bullying we can help prevent teenage suicides. This mental health and bullying crisis is shocking and it is up to us to stop it.’Mind that is God is not in matter; and God’s presence gives spiritual light, wherein is no darkness'(“Overcoming thoughts of suicide” 2018). So don’t be afraid to lend a helping hand and be the light in someone else’s darkness.