Someone asked me today to explain why bullying is such a problem. Surely it isn’t as bad as some people make it out to be? It IS real, and it is REAL problem. But, the problem is much more than just bullying, Bullying might be the main problem, but it leads to so many other issues. Depression, self harm, self-loathing and hopelessness and suicide are all SYMPTOMS of bullying. We need to take bullying as serious as some other diseases that are killing kids.
- Meningitis affects 600 to 1000 Americans every year. 15-20% of them will die.*
- About 6.8 million students experienced bullying in 2011.**
- About 2.2 million students experienced cyberbullying in 2011**
- Suicide killed 41,149 people in the United States in 2013. making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans***
We need to take bullying as seriously as a deadly disease. Because, quite honestly, it can be. It is. There is a vaccine for Meningitis, but there is no shot for kindness. There is no vaccine to teach others how to be good human beings – no special pills on how to treat others. There is no magic cure for hatred. I wish there were. I wish it were that easy.
I don’t have all the answers. What I do know is that when I was bullied, I hated myself, I self-harmed, and and I wanted to die. I fought back, minute by minute, to get better and my biggest advice to those who want to help end bullying is this:
We all need to Be More Than A Bystander. We need to stand up for ourselves and others. We need to let people know know how bullying is killing our souls. Most of all, the MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, is that
It Gets Better.
We need to let people that are being bullied that the day will come where they are happy again. They will see the light.
#BeBrave. It gets better.