Bullying at school – a lifelong impact on mental health

July is Mental Health Month. Bullying has been put on the radar this July, which is recognised as National Mental Illness Awareness Month, to highlight the need for greater public awareness and responsiveness given the high level of violence experienced at South Arrican schools. Bullying, which is a major societal problem globally and in South Africa, has far-reaching mental health effects, which many carry into adulthood. And health practitioners worldwide agree on this. In South Africa an estimated 41% of children are bullied at school in some shape or form,…

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