What is bullying?: Bullying can be physical, sexual and emotional, and as well as being distressing in itself, can contribute to other issues such as poor physical health, mental health issues such as anger, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, loneliness and isolation and can even cause suicide.
The most well-known form of bullying is school bullying involving children and teenagers, but bullying can occur at any stage of life and in any setting. Workplace bullying and cyberbullying are two issues that have received a lot of attention in recent years, and members of minority groups are statistically more likely to be bullied in adulthood.
It goes to say, bullies cannot exist without victims, and they don’t pick on just anyone (usually those who are smaller, weaker, younger or in any way more vulnerable than the bully). Bullying is usually a repeated characteristic pattern of deliberately harming and humiliating that person being bullied, specifically victims who are smaller, weaker, younger or in any way more vulnerable than the bully.
If you are bullied in childhood, these issues can persist into adulthood, and can interfere with your ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships.