CHILDREN bullied at school will suffer serious mental health problems in later life, the Anti-Bullying Alliance warned today.
The coalition of organisations and individuals, which include mental health charity YoungMinds, found almost two-thirds of children are bullied at school.
Many of the 1,496 young people surveyed said that bullying at school had affected their mental health and they had experienced anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
“Bullying is a public-health issue,” said alliance national co-ordinator Lauren Seager-Smith. She called for more training for teachers and health professionals including in-school counselling.
Royal College of GPs mental-health clinical champion Dr Liz England said: “Bullying — and increasingly cyber-bullying — can lead to very serious mental health problems in our young patients which are often not talked about and go unnoticed.
“It is important that our young patients know that GPs are highly trained to deal with physical and mental health problems — and to have sensitive, non-judgmental conversations with patients about any health issue.”