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Workplace Bullying Linked to Suicidal Thoughts

Abi Reyes1 year ago

Workers who are victims of bullying are more prone to entertaining suicidal thoughts, according to a new study.

About the Workplace Bullying Study

According to a Norwegian study, individuals who are bullied in the workplace have a higher chance of having suicidal thoughts than people who do not experience bullying in the workplace.  

Reuters reports a survey sample of 1,850 workers concluded that they were twice as likely to entertain suicidal thoughts if they were victims of bullying in the workplace. There were no significant differences in bullying and suicidal thoughts due to gender or age.

According to the researchers, workplace bullying may be a tipping point toward suicide that mental health professionals may overlook.

Suicide Statistics

The following information was provided by the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE):

  • Statistically, 800,000 people worldwide take their own lives each year
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages, accounting for 38,000 deaths every year.
  • There is one death by suicide in the US every 13 minutes.
  • Between 80%-90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. 


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