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Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Parenting -

Young peo­ple who are bul­lied are more likely to be de­pressed, anx­ious, strug­gle with school work and ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health is­sues. If you are con­cerned about some­one, then it is im­por­tant to of­fer sup­port and seek ex­pert help for them – and your­self if you are be­ing bul­lied.

Ex­perts say the risks are high when it comes to bul­ly­ing. Girls who have been bul­lied are four times more likely to have sui­ci­dal ten­den­cies than girls who haven’t been bul­lied, while boys that are bul­lied are two-anda-half times more likely to think about sui­cide. To get help in Aus­tralia: Call 1800 55 1800 or visit www. kid­shelpline.com.au or www.life­line.org.au. New Zealand: Visit life­line.org.nz, Life­line Kid­sline 0800 54 37 54, or up­stand.org. Sin­ga­pore: Visit cab­cysg.wixsite.com/ cab­cysg Malaysia: Call Child­line on 15999.

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