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Divisions > Student, Family, and School Support > Student Services and Alternative Programs > Bullying Prevention > Parent Information
Health Risks Linked To Bullying

Young people, who are victims of bullying and/or bully others and/or witnessed others being bullied, are at high risk of suffering from:

• Suicidal attempts
• Self injuries
• Depression
• Irritability or anger
• Difficulties in failing and/or staying asleep
• Nightmares
• Headaches
• Stomachaches
• Multiple joint and muscle pains
• Weight gain or loss
• Impulsivity
• Inability to concentrate

They are also more likely to use alcohol and drugs; be frequently absent from school; be involved in physical fights; carry a weapon to school, and run away from home.

Parent Resources and Tips

If your child is being bullied and/or bullies others, and/or witnesses others being bullied and thinks, plans or tries to commit suicide or hurt others, consult with your closest hospital emergency room.

If your child is being bullied and/or bullies others, and/or witnesses other being bullied and suffers from one or more health risks, consult with the pediatrician or family physician to decide on the need for a mental health consultation.


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Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
 Parent Information
Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation
Health Risks Linked To Bullying
Is My Child a Victim of Bullying?
What if my Child is being Bullied?
Is My Child a Bully?
What if my Child is a Bully?
Bullying Among Children and Youth with Disabilities and/or Special Needs
Parent Questions for Administrators
Student Guide for Talking About Bullying
A Health Message to Parents: The Toxicity of Bullying Resources
MSDE State Bullying Conference, Oct. 4-5, 2012
MD Bully Free Resource CD
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