Daftarsbmptn.com – Closer than not to the amount of 800,000 people take their own life every year. Rather than be killed, they kill themselves. So many reasons to be included.
Such tragedy affects families, friends, communities, and in some cases, the whole country. To exemplify, let’s talk about South Korea’s megastar Sulli, 25, who took her own life just yesterday (14/10).
Take An Example
One of the concrete causes of suicide attempt would be bullying… which led to depression. Alright, now let’s talk about her profession: a star. An actress, singer, songwriter, and model. She was a big star, not only she had a huge following in South Korea, but around the globe.
Yes, K-Pop does have a mass following around the globe since 2009. Sulli, who was a former f(X) member, had been battling with depression for years. And for years, she had been bullied… by South Koreans (or shall we say Knetz?).
More often than not, she opened up about her suffering from depression and how she had to face malicious comments on the internet about her. It was like… everything that she did was always wrong in South Koreans’ eyes.
Scandalous. That’s what people say about her. She had so many ‘scandals’ that include no-bra scandal after she showed her nipples on her Instagram account. Several times she was caught not wearing a bra in public. She was also ridiculed when she was dating a much-older man, Choiza, several years ago.
The abuse she had received was ridiculous. I do realize that South Koreans could be a little too… uptight. I don’t really know how their minds work… but, knowing there are quite a number of idols who committed suicide, I’d take my chances to say that these people could be super harsh on another, especially public figures.
Okay, this case counts as a suicide. But do they realize that they took part in her death? It was not suicide. I dare say this counts as murder. Who murdered her? They, who wrote malicious, hateful comments on her social media. They, who slut-shamed her. They, who called her attention whore.
Several times, when she was invited to a variety show, she publicly stated that she supported gender equality. She wanted equality in South Korea, a country where equality is non-existent.
Bullying + Depression = Suicide?
Now, let’s discuss bullying. Who says that bullying leaves bumps and bruises? It leaves scars, and that kind of scar is not going to go away in years. It takes forever to heal. Or worst-case scenario, it couldn’t heal.
Bullying and depression go hand in hand. Bullying happens everywhere and could happen to anyone. Be it adolescence, adults, kids. It could occur to anyone in workplaces as well, and that is very disappointing. Aren’t adults supposed to be behaving like… adults? Apparently not.
Someone cries out for help on social media. What do their ‘friends’ do? Call them attention seeker, bully them even worse, call them out on their ‘Sbowin‘. Those don’t help. Sometimes I wonder if humanity is extinct, and that is the reality that we have to face.
People rip each other apart for petty stuff. Technology, say; social media is a medium where irresponsible people spread hate rhetoric about each other. I’m not saying that social media is at fault here. But social media has to be used responsibly.
Bullying cases need to be taken seriously. I am very deeply concerned that some schools (and the higher-ups of some companies) are aware that there are bullying within their employees but they didn’t do anything. No actions whatsoever taken by them to prevent this, nor do they try to solve this problem.
Some of the victims are brave enough to get out of that toxic environment, whatever the consequences would be. However, in some cases, people do not have a choice but to stay.
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Such aggressive behaviour could nurture into overt aggression. This intentional, repetitive behaviour manifest in countless ways. Both the bully and the victim have to pay the price.
Some retrospective studies suggested that bullying at school is the cause of most suicide cases. And if it didn’t lead to suicide, then it would cause emotional, psychosocial, and behavioural problems that both the perpetrator and the victim will suffer sooner or later.
Why would I say that both the perpetrator and the victim are actually victims? Have you ever thought that… in this life, one tragedy could lead to another? To exemplify, the victim would suffer from depression and perhaps, he has the tendency to be antisocial. And what would happen to the perpetrator when it ends in suicide? The guilt will eat them up inside. And it will last forever.
Mental health is an important issue in life that needs more attention. Yes, there are numerous anti-bullying campaigns. But do they help? I’d say, not much. The peers have to help both the victim and the perpetrator. Because I’ve seen most peers follow the perpetrator in harassing the victim rather than helping the victim out of that situation.
I believe many of the readers are scholars. People who are educated. I also believe that some of you might be a victim… or the bully? To the victims, please find some help.
And to those who were (or are) the bullies, please change, so there would be no regrets in the future. There is no harm in apologizing to the victims as well.
I hope this article helps you to open your minds. This is a serious problem that needs to be taken care of sooner rather than later.