By: Alanna G-K
Bullying. What is it and why do people do it? Bullying is the constant harassment someone does that makes someone else upset or depressed. Many people bully others because they feel upset and they want others to feel their pain. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. Bullying not only affects the kids who are bullied but the kids who bully others too.
Kids who are bullied can experience many physical, mental, emotional and school issues. Some physical issues are eating disorders such as anorexia or obesity. Many people starve themselves to fit into the image that the person who is bullying thinks of them to an extreme measure (anorexia). Many people eat to much because they have no other way to cope with their feelings and the mean things people are saying to them (obesity). Some mental issues bullying can cause is depression and anxiety. Many people who are bullied bottle up their feelings until it explodes. Sometimes bullying can make others so upset and depressed that the person will take their own life. Bullying can also cause issues at school. Many people who are bullied stop caring about school and skip it to not see the bully.
Many people that bully others have other issues too. People who bully others could have a bad household situation, poor self esteem and could have been bullied themselves in the past. Bullies sometimes harm others to make them feel the anger that they experience themselves. People who bully others can abuse alcohol and other drugs in adolescence and as adults, get into fights and drop out of school. Some can even get involved into criminal activity like vandalize property or be abusive towards partners or children.
Bullying is bad for both sides of the story, victims and the bullies, so don’t do it. There are better ways to deal with your anger and emotional issues. Every life matters.
Remember, if you are being bullied or if you see someone else being bullied be sure to tell a teacher, guidance counselor, or parent!