Taking A Life: Bullying And The Effects

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Yn Gymraeg // Welsh version

On Facebook I have read about a young boy taking his life. This young boy is one of many that has taken their own life from bullying. This made me think we all need to come together and understand what words can do to an individual.

Many of you young people who know anyone who has taken their life, or is thinking about it; have you thought about what they’re going through? This is what they will be thinking:

“Why should I go on living?”

“I hate myself.”

“I’m useless and unwanted.”

“I am not wanted by anyone.”

If you don’t know the reason why you are feeling like taking your life you may find it hard to feel that there is a solution for not doing it. So you may think that the only way out of this pain is to kill yourself.

You, as a young person, may know that there are other solutions but you are to ashamed to tell others about what you are going through. From this you may avoid other people and feel annoyed if they approach you. You may not want to tell that person there and then because you have family and other friends about and you are too guilty to tell them right then. If you have been badly hurt by someone close to you, you may see suicide as a way of getting back at them.

From this website (http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/suicidal-feelings/#.UzsN7vldXpk) I have seen what you may experience:

1. Sleeping badly and waking early.
2. A change in appetite.
3. Weight loss or gain.
4. Feeling cut off from your body or physically numb.
5. A loss of energy.
6. You may have stopped taking care of yourself. E.g. neglecting your physical appearance.

There is so much help out there to offer us young people, but in the stage that you may be in or your friends may be in, they won’t think about help. All they will think about is to stop the pain they will need to end their life. But you can help them or you can help yourself. Here are 5 main ones you can use:

1. Talking treatments – includes counselling and psychotherapy, can help you make sense of your feelings and explore ways to deal with what you are going through.
2. Access to talking treatments – You have the right to ask your GP to refer you for a talking treatment. However, the availability of talking treatments varies from area to area.
3. Medication – Your GP may offer you medication for depression, e.g. antidepressants, or medication that can help reduce anxiety, such as tranquillisers.
4. Hospital services – The Accident and Emergency (A&E) department of your local hospital may be the best place to go in a crisis. Some may offer you medication and discuss with you what kind of help you want. Some may suggest you are admitted to hospital.
5. Community care – Although hospital may prevent you harming yourself, wards can be distressing and frightening places and many people prefer to remain in their own home with the support of a community mental health team. The team might refer you to a crisis house, which will offer you intensive short-term support outside of a hospital setting. Crisis resolution teams or home treatment teams are also community- based and offer intensive support while you are in crisis, and support while you learn how to prevent and manage any future crises.

This is an important issue in today’s society and I don’t feel that this issue is published enough. I wanted to show how serious this subject is and how it may affect anyone of us.

Don’t be shy about talking to anyone about taking a life.

You are worth a life.

You have many people who love you.

Don’t throw that away.

* Editor’s Note: If you are being affected by bullying, or know someone who’s being affected, you can contact Bullies Out, Barnardos, Meic and Mind.*

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