I recently found out about a young lady who killed herself because of years bullying and harassment. She had dyslexia, and bullying based around this, and her low grades, seems to be what finally caused her to take her own life (though there is a much bigger story that led to her death).
I was bullied in school on and off for most of my education. It affected me so much at one point I did think about killing myself, which is a scary thing to be typing now. Part of the problem was every time I was bullied it added to a pile of all the other abuse and self esteem issues I had experienced before, like a weight pushing down on me, getting heavier and heavier, and never lighter. Every new experience of unnecessary adversity opened up old wounds, and angers. Why did I have to work so hard? Why was I always being targeted? After a while you start to wonder if you're the problem, or what the point is in fighting all the time, gaining ground only to face the same set backs a short while later.
I was lucky, I had a lot of support, and I got through those things. It's hard for me to imagine feeling that way again. But I know there will be lots of other young people who are struggling with bulling right now, and many members here will have been bullied in the past. Yet, we don't talk about this much, I suppose because it is still painful for many people.
so, I want to talk about bullying, and how to deal with it, to help anyone struggling with it now who might read this, and for people who haven't fully dealt with the affects of it. I'm not just talking about urging people to talk to someone they trust, though I do urge this also, but how to deal with the emotional side, and those effects that can linger even when the bulling has stopped.
I think I have a lot to say on this that would help, but I would like to hear from other people first, about how they have over come bullying, and negative emotions.