BULLYING adversely affects you and your community…

Bullying behavior is not just limited to the school yard.  All parties involved in the bully/bystander/victim dynamic suffer costly emotional, social and economic consequences.  Not only are students suffering, the ripple effects caused by this problem are felt in every community.

Bullying Behavior Contributes to the Cycle of Violence

Bullies, victims, and bully-victims witness and perpetrate higher rates of violence at home.

Crime & Bullying

60% of former bullies had at least one conviction by the time they were 24;
5% had three or more convictions.

Substance Abuse

Studies prove that victimized youth are more likely to use and abuse substances and alcohol earlier and more often than those that are not victims.
60 to 80 percent of adolescents with mental health issues have co-occurring substance use issues.

Mental Health Issues

Consequences of bullying include:

Physical distress, frequent absences, poor concentration, psychological distress.
Victims of bullying are proven to suffer with: low self esteem; depression; poorer health, suicidal ideation, social dysfunction, anxiety; and insomnia.

SUICIDE

13.8% of students considered attempting suicide.
6.3% students attempted suicide one or more times during the 12 months before the survey.
1,231 suicides were committed by students ages 5-18 during the school year.
7 students committed suicide at school during the school year.

Bystander Mental Health

Research has also shown that bystanders or witnesses to acts of bullying experience problems similar to the victim.

“It does not require much imagination to understand what it is to go through the school years in a state of more or less permanent anxiety and insecurity and with poor self-esteem. It is not surprising that the victims’ devaluation of themselves sometimes becomes so overwhelming that they see suicide as the only possible solution.” Dr. Dan Olweus, Bullying Prevention Pioneer