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National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:21:30 pm »
October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month in the United States, followed by the same in the United Kingdom in November.

As I'm sure most of you are aware, bullying is not only an ever-growing destructive force within social media, but in recent years there's been a series of bullying-related suicides in the US and across the globe that have drawn attention to the connection between bullying and suicide, cyber-based and otherwise.

Although many adults still see bullying as "just part of being a kid", it's a serious problem that leads to many negative effects for victims, including suicide. Many people may not realize that there is also a link between being a bully and committing suicide --- the statistics are alarming:
• Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it

• Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University

• A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying

• 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above

• According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.

Children who survive bullying, cyber-based or otherwise, also have a greater potential of becoming bullies as adults, where their own children are more likely to pick up the same behaviorial traits that they see their parents displaying.

Yes, it's a vicious cycle, yet it's one that's within our own hands to stop.

It's more than the practice of mindfulness, it's a call for ACTION.


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