Bullying is so widespread it’s hard to know where to begin in addressing the issue. This thread follows on from yesterday’s thread Bullying so bad bullied students turn to guns
Today, the Daily Telegraph have revealed that a Parliamentary inquiry will begin taking evidence into what to appears to be a growing problem.
BULLYING victims will be invited to tell their harrowing stories to a Parliamentary inquiry which has begun taking evidence.
Since launching an anti-bullying campaign this week The Daily Telegraph has been inundated with complaints that schools and workplaces have failed to take action against the perpetrators.
Frankly, an inquiry of this sort is well -overdue, in my opinion.
Then again, I’ve been following a whole host of cases that should have highlighted just how widespread bullying really is and the devastating impact it has on those affected. Here as just a few examples I’ve found.
THE grieving family of 14-year-old bullying victim Alex Wildman have fled their Lismore home after a campaign of terror and intimidation.
SA HEALTH has ignored its own advisory group’s repeated warnings a “noxious” work environment is putting the health system “on the verge of collapse”.
Documents from the Health Department’s Workforce Reference Group show doctors have been warning of the dangers of “overwhelming” workloads since at least 2005.
The minutes of the group’s meetings, circulated to SA Health officials, show doctors fear work overload and low morale are threatening their health and the proper treatment of patients.
It is understood work-related stress was a factor in the suicides of three public hospital department heads – the heads of psychiatry, general medicine and emergency – in the past two years.
The South Australian Salaried Medical Officers Association says it understands work-related stress and workplace bullying were factors in the recent suicides. SASMOA senior industrial officer Andrew Murray said at least one person had been pushing for a reduction in workload.
Suicide is now the leading cause of death by injury in Australia ahead of car accidents and homicide, and it is the largest single cause of death in Australian men. In recent years, several reports have linked homosexual orientation to youth suicide. Studies estimate nearly 30 percent of gay youths attempt suicide (Nicholas and Howard, 1998), but the complex relationship between the two has not been studied. This paper, therefore, focuses on the cultural context of suicide and asks questions about how it comes to be constructed as an option for young people experiencing harassment due to sexual orientation.
An injured trainee soldier hanged himself after enduring a culture of “denigration and harassment”, a damning internal army investigation has found.
The soldier, 20-year-old Jeremy Paul Williams, believed he was likely to be discharged because of leg injuries, but his depression was aggravated by bullying at the army’s School of Infantry at Singleton, NSW.
After drinking heavily for the best part of a day, Private Williams tied a rope to a tree and hanged himself in the early hours of February 2, while on infantry training near Sydney.
The Federal Government will today announce ex gratia payments to the families of four young soldiers who killed themselves after being subjected to bastardisation, bullying or neglect.
The relatives of Lance-Corporal Nicholas Shiels and privates Jeremy Williams, John Satatas and David Hayward have been fighting for more than three years to have their losses acknowledged.
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