Mental health problems have been linked to bullying in new research.
Charity the Anti-Bullying Alliance polled a total of 1,496 young people about their experiences at school. Approximately two thirds said they had been bullied and a substantial 44 per cent of those said the experience had damaged their mental health and left them struggling with such issues as anxiety and depression.
Even more (46 per cent) claimed that bullying had damaged their confidence and self-esteem and that this affect had lingered even after they left school. More than a third, meanwhile, thought their experiences of being bullied had affected their ability to form relationships.
The charity’s national co-ordinator Lauren Seager-Smith said:
“We all need to play our part to stop bullying wherever and whenever it happens – whether it’s in school, the community or online – but it’s vital that we also invest in support for children and families impacted by bullying.”
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