Many children and youth experience bullying at school, in the community, and online, every year.
Bullying is associated with increased suicide risk among those who have been victims of bullying. In addition to an increased suicide risk, young people who are victims of bullying also may experience increases in depression and other problems associated with suicide.1
Both victims and perpetrators of bullying are at higher risk for suicide than their peers. When children are both victims and perpetrators of bullying, they are at the highest risk.1
Even observing, but not participating, in bullying behavior can lead to feelings of helplessness and less sense of connectedness and support from responsible adults.2
Bullying is not a single, direct cause of suicide, but it can be a major factor.