According to a study done by JAMA pediatrics in 2014, “victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves.” While bullies may think that their words and actions do not directly affect the mental health and wellbeing of their victim, studies such as these have shown just how dangerous bullying can be. Active Minds actively tries to spread awareness and create an environment in which the well-being of students is protected. Lately, the media has also brought attention to the fact that LGBT students are at an even higher risk of falling victim to bullying.
There are many sites online that have some very useful tips in recognizing bullies, recognizing a victim of bullying, and ways to respond to bullying. It is important to recognize that you can be more than just a bystander in bullying. One of the most effective things that you can do is support a victim of bullying. For whatever reason someone may feel harassed, the most important thing is to let them know that they do not stand alone and that you stand beside them to fight against bullying and all types of harassment.