The Effect of Your Actions By: Hannah Dahill

Bullying is a major issue in schools and online that can affect individuals severely. Targets of many bullies are more and more often skipping school or even dropping out entirely. Many of these innocent targets are kids with disabilities, different ethnicities, or someone who's a part of the LGBTQ community. The main purpose of bullying is to have a real emotional and psychological impact on those who suffer whether that be through humiliation, exposure, or harassment. Those who are bullied exhibit similar characteristics like anxiety, depression, low self confidence and sometimes even resulting to believing the horrific words of their bullies. With the feeling of loneliness and like no one can relate, they have a high tendency to resort to harming themselves. More and more emotions are packed on like the feeling as if no one is listening to you, feeling like you're stuck and can't control your life anymore. For some it worsens and becomes too much of a burden to have on their shoulders. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. People considering suicide usually do seek help; 64% of people who attempt suicide visit a doctor within a month of planning, and 38% within a week. Imagine yourself in this situation, the humongous amount of sadness and pain you experience all from the fact that some person decided to pick on you day after day. Think before you speak and save another person’s life.

More than one out of every four students report being bullied. The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were were 55% because of looks; 37% because of body shape; and 16% because of race.
Your words can have an impact on peoples emotions and feelings
Some people cover up the fact that they were effected by their bullies so to not have those around them worrying
Some might feel lost inside
Some might conform to their bullies words and start to believe the words themselves
Others might resort to self harm acts to help deal with the pain
People who are affected by bullying tend to feel helpless and end up developing serious depression
As the bullying and the depression continue to get worse you feel less and less like you control your own life
Frustration increases as you continue to find no solution or help
Some might go crazy with the amount of emotions overwhelming them
Some might look for help throughout the entire process but others look to stay distant and not have others involved. Until they can no longer take it and they have on last cry for help.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.

Up to 80% of those treated for depression show an improvement in their symptoms generally within four to six weeks of beginning medication, psychotherapy, attending support groups or a combination of these treatments.

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Hannah Dahill

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