United States Works To Stop Bullying, Suicides

Published on 31 December 2013

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Washington, D.C.

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The U.S. government has joined forces with families, communities and violence-prevention groups to stop the pain and suffering — and sometimes suicides — caused by bullying.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, and its violence-prevention partners are conducting research to learn more about the relationship between bullying and suicide, both considered to be serious public health problems.

According to Alana Vivolo-Kantor and Helen Singer of the CDC and Ingrid Donato and James Wright of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, although it is not certain that bullying causes suicide, it is known that bullying behavior and suicide-related behavior are related. “This means,” they write in a December 30 blog post, “youth who report any involvement with bullying behavior are more likely to report suicide-related behavior than youth who do not report any involvement with bullying behavior. “

They caution against sensationalized reporting of the bullying-suicide link, saying such generalizations focus on blaming and do not give critical attention to helping youth involved in bullying.

Health and Human Services maintains a website — stopbullying.gov — that explores types of bullying and how to prevent it.



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Posted 2013-12-31 17:41:00