Severe Bullying Tied To Mental Health Woes In Teens

Bullying is no joke to many kids, and a new study finds teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts. Researchers looked at data on more than 1,300 children from the province of Quebec, Canada from birth to age 15. They found about 59 percent of the kids reported some bullying in their first years of elementary school, but that it typically declined as the kids got older. However, about 15 percent experienced extreme bullying, and those kids were more than twice as likely to report anxiety than those who had experienced little or no bullying. They were also 3.4 times more likely to report serious suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. Teens who were moderately bullied were found to be at no increased risk for mental health problems. Researchers suggest anti-bullying efforts should start before children enter school. (UPI)