Bullying to Loneliness to Depression

Loneliness Is Not Alone

Loneliness isn’t the same as being alone. You can be alone, yet not lonely. You can feel lonely in a houseful of people.

Loneliness, Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Suicide, BullyingIt’s a feeling that you’re disconnected from others, with no one to confide in. It’s a lack of meaningful relationships and it can happen to children, older adults, and everyone in between.

Through technology, we have more access to each other than ever before. You might feel more connected to the world when you find “friends” on social media, but it doesn’t always ease the ache of loneliness.

Almost everybody feels lonely at some point, and that’s not necessarily detrimental. Sometimes, it’s a temporary state of affairs due to circumstance, like when you move to a new town, get divorced, or lose a loved one. Getting more involved in social activities and meeting new people can usually help you move forward.

But this can be difficult at times, and the longer your isolation continues, the harder it can be to change. Maybe you don’t know what to do, or maybe you’ve tried without success.

This can be a problem, because persistent loneliness can have a negative impact on your emotional and physical health. In fact, loneliness has been associated with depression, suicide, and physical illness.

Bullying Is A Real Issue

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behaviour must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviours happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullyingsometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Leaving someone out on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Spreading rumors about someone
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

There are many other types of aggressive behaviour that don’t fit the definition of bullying. This does not mean that they are any less serious or require less attention than bullying. Rather, these behaviours require different prevention and response strategies.

  • Early Childhood
  • Peer Conflict
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Hazing
  • Gang Violence
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Young Adults

Loneliness to Depression

Unfortunately, there’s still a certain amount of stigma attached to mental health conditions. The resulting social isolation can certainly add to feelings of loneliness. Long-term loneliness is also associated with depression and suicidal thoughts.

If you have a mental health condition, such as depression or substance abuse, having no one to lean on can make it harder to seek the help you need.

Whether your first steps are through an online chat or a mental health hotline, talking it over with someone is a good place to start. Ask your doctor to refer you to resources in your area.

No One Understands What Im Going Through? No One Cares?

Often in the moment of sadness or a depressive moment, we tell ourselves that no one understands, no one can relate, no one cares, but this is not true, there are organisations available to call any time of the day or night for a chat, unbiased and trained staff who can and will help you get through this moment.

Click on the phone numbers below to open your phone.

13 11 14 – Lifeline Australia
1800 55 1800 – Kids Helpline
1300 22 4636 – BeyondBlue
If you situation is critical or you require immediate assistance, please call 000