A Stand Against Being Bullied

Today’s guest blog is by Wendy Margolese, who writes a regular blog called “Health and the Mental Signature” for Simcoe.com. Wendy is the media rep for Christian Science in Ontario, Canada. 

The recent bullying and suicide of young Amanda Todd in Port Coquitlam, B.C., has made headlines and sparked vigils across Canada and even in the United States. The RCMP is investigating her death.

Bullying has become a serious public health problem. Victims of bullying are reported to experience school phobia, feelings of insecurity, and unhappiness at school; they may also have low self-esteem, loneliness, and isolation.  In contrast, perpetrators of bullying are reported to have more depression and are more likely than are their peers to be involved with antisocial behaviors and legal problems later in adult-hood.

Unfortunately, as with Amanda, and 3 other teens in the news last year, suicide appeared to be the only way to stop the harassment. Canada has one of the highest rates of teen suicide in developed countries.

But bullying is nothing new. . . .

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Comments

  1. Virginia McCullough says

    Thank you Wendy and Ingrid, I’m glad to see this blog. My granddaughter, who lives in N. Vancouver, posted “RIP Amanda Todd” on facebook a while back. I had no idea of what that was about and so researched online and found the story. I’m so grateful for the thoughts expressed in this blog and for what I’m learning through studying Christian Science about God’s love for everyone and that we always have a best friend, God — a very powerful friend who we can turn to in every need. Hopefully some blessings will come from Amanda Todd’s story — sharing this blog is part of the blessing.