Understanding the Link between Bullying and Suicide

By Melissa Holt, Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology at Boston University

Bullying and suicide are both significant public health concerns for children and adolescents, and we need to understand the link between the two. Bullying, most of us probably know, can be a tremendously painful experience for a young person. Stories about teens like Phoebe Prince or Amanda Todd who killed themselves after experiencing bullying have driven this point home. All 50 states have some kind of anti-bullying law, and schools are increasingly being called upon to implement bullying prevention programs. [Read more…]