As a parent, we tend to safeguard our kids from every risk or danger that can hurt them. But when it comes to mental health, why do we turn a blind eye?
The fear of ‘Log Kya Kahengey’ scares us so much that we trick ourselves in believing that mental health problems aren’t real.
Sadly, mental health problems are as real as any physical disorders!
And, the rising number of mental health problems among kids shows why is it a high time that parents should start taking it seriously!
If you are one of those parents, who understand that mental health is a real risk to our kids’ health then you would find this research interesting.
As per recent findings, the researchers found that being bullied in school increases the extent of mental health problems in our kids at age 25, by 40 percent.
It not only increases the chances of mental health problems but also unemployment, later in life.
If you feel bullying toughens up your kid for the real nasty world, then you need to know the harsh long-term effects on young people’s lives.
According to the researchers, bullying is a widespread phenomenon in schools. Majorly bullying includes,
Verbal bullying that involves spoken comments or written information that is emotionally damaging to the targeted kid and, Physical bullying i.e. physically harming a student or their possessions.
Though many schools still don’t have strict policies against bullying, it is a major concern that no parents should ever ignore.
Being bullied may lead to long-term negative impacts on our kids, such as low self-esteem, mental health conditions, and poorer job prospects.
It increases the probability of being unemployed at age 25, by about 35 percent; and for those in work, it reduces their income by around 2 percent.
As per Indiatimes, Emma Gorman, one of the lead authors of the study, shared:
“Our research shows that being bullied has a negative impact on important long-term outcomes, especially unemployment, income, and ill-health.
Being bullied causes detrimental effects on children’s lives not just in the short-term, but for many years after. These are more pronounced among kids who experience persistent bullying, or violent types of bullying.
Our findings suggest that a more targeted approach to reduce the most extreme forms of bullying may be warranted,”
The research analyzed the confidential data of more than 7,000 school students.
Being a parent might is definitely not a simple job. As parents, we are not only raising our kids but the future of our country and our world.
As parents, we not only responsible to encourage and support kids suffering from bullying, but also help our kids to fight against mental health disorders.
If we turn a blind eye to this grave danger, then we might be the reason behind our kids’ sufferings.