Nearly one in three American teens are bullied (compared to 21 percent of NJ high school students bullied at school and 15 percent electronically), according to a recent study.
But fewer than a quarter of them get the mental health help they need. That’s worrying because 20 percent of victims and initiators are treated for issues like depression by their late 20s.
The American Academy of Pediatrics surveyed more than 400 middle and high school students and said lack of adequate screening and teachers’ inaction are often the cause.
Bullying has also been linked to anxiety and substance abuse.
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