STUDY: Bullying And Family Rejection Contribute To Suicidal Ideation

A new study published this week in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine shows that various types of victimization, including bullying, physical threats, and sexual assault can greatly impact suicidal thinking in young people ages 10-17. Family rejection and victimization could also quadruple the odds of a child engaging in suicidal thinking. Unsurprisingly, multiple victimization experiences was especially damaging because kids feel like they have nowhere to turn. It’s important to remember that bullying does not directly drive young people to actually attempt suicide, but it certainly exacerbate feelings of isolation and depression they may already be at play.