Bullying and Suicide

Think About It​

Bullying is not “just a rite of passage.” In actuality, says the National Crime Prevention Council, it’s a leading factor in suicide among kids 11 to 16 years of age. And although bullying is only one of a number of suicide-related risk factors impacting tweens and teens, the fact that the term “bullycide” has entered the lexicon is a telling sign of how closely linked bullying and suicide are perceived to be. Structured around two scenarios in which a boy and a girl commit suicide after repeatedly being bullied, this video offers valuable insights into bully and victim psychology, types of bullying, and anti-bullying behavior through penetrating commentary by Erica Perlow of the Chatham County North Carolina Bullying Prevention Task Force and psychologist April Harris-Britt. In addition, alternate scenarios are included that illustrate how bystanders to bullying can help neutralize some of the cumulative psychological effects of bullying that could—and too frequently do—push students to take their own lives.

Producer: Cambridge Educational, 2014
Format: DVD, 21 minutes

Depression: Out of the Shadows
Many Americans are keeping an important, possibly deadly secret: depression. Approximately 15 million American adults live with this devastating disease which affects all age, race, gender, and socioeconomic groups. Through the voices and stories of people living with depression and interviews with scientists, Depression: Out of the Shadows provides a portrait of the disease never before seen on American television.

Producer: PBS Home Video, 2008
Format: DVD, 90 minutes (includes Spanish audio/subtitles)
Don`t Kill Yourself
One Survivor`s Message

This is the story of a young man, David, who at 16 years of age survived a suicide attempt. Now 22, he shares the events of his life leading up to the attempt, including how low self-esteem led to drug addiction, and how the addiction encouraged the sense that life was no longer worth living. David goes on to describe the suicide attempt, his recovery from addiction, and how he has since changed his life.

Produced by: Films for the Humanities Sciences
Format: Video, 25 minutes
Leave Me Alone!

Anxiety and Depression

When your teen slams the door and shouts "Leave me alone!" – should you? Will your child be safe? Or are there signs of depression, anxiety, even suicidal thoughts?

Every parent needs to know the warning signs – when life feels too heavy or too scary for your child to handle alone. Watch Leave Me Alone to learn about what treatments are available and what works with kids. Hear teens talk about their struggles, gain insights into what your own child may be feeling, with practical parenting advice from child experts about what you can do to help your teen face the fears and alleviate the pain. And you’ll hear the inspiration and hope of families whose children are living happier, healthier lives.

Produced by: Connect with Kids Network, 2007
Format: DVD,Unknown running time
Parenting Difficult Adolescents: Depression
Big Boy Blue: A Guide for Parents of Depressed Teens

This is a series that draws on real-life situations and dramatized skits to help parents and teens resolve problems and settle differences. It profiles seven troubled teens and their parents as they grapple with vital yet surprisingly common contemporary life issues. Parents learn how to recognize problems, resolve disagreements, de-escalate conflicts, set limits - and when to seek professional help.

Publisher: The Bureau for at Risk Youth, 1995
Format: 1 Video cassette, 22 minutes
Teen and Child Depression
Even parents who are psychologists sometimes fail to diagnose severe depression in their own children. This program describes the common symptoms of depression: crying, withdrawal, over- or under-eating, oversleeping or insomnia, concentration and memory problems, getting no pleasure out of life. In the extreme, these symptoms can lead to suicide—any threat of which must always be taken seriously. The program examines the possible causes of bipolar depression, presents evidence for the biological (as opposed to psychological) causes of depression, and discusses the role of environmental factors such as child abuse in activating depression. Treatment is also discussed.

Produced by: Films for the Humanities, 1991
Format: Video, 19 minutes
Teen Suicide
We all get depressed or feel stressed once in awhile. But today, teenagers have more stress in their lives than ever before. Divorced parents, substance abuse, lack of adult supervision, abusive family situations, unemployment, and a sense that the world may not be getting any better...are all factors which cause many teenagers to feel alone and desperate.

Most teenagers successfully deal with these problems—but the fact remains that, on their own, too many can’t. This excellent production takes a look at the reasons kids consider, attempt, or commit suicide while stressing specific measures to help prevent unhappy teens from becoming suicide statistics. Viewers learn how to recognize the signals of suicide contemplation which they can look for in friends or relatives considering taking this drastic measure, the importance of communication, what to do to help, and where to go for assistance in saving a friend`s life. Those who may be thinking that ending their lives is the only way to escape discover that they are not alone in their problems, learn how to conquer these feelings, and become aware of specific people and organizations that desperately want to help. A life-saving message for teens, parents, teachers—anyone who comes in contact with at-risk teens.

Publisher: Cambridge Educational, 2004
Format: Video, 35 minutes
Teens At Risk
Teenage Depression
The statistics on teen depression are sobering. Studies indicate that one in five children have some sort of mental, behavioral, or emotional problem and that one in ten of these problems are serious. Among adolescents, one in eight may suffer from depression. Of all these children and teens, a mere 30% receive any sort of intervention or treatment. The other 70% simply struggle through the pain of mental illness or emotional turmoil, doing their best to make it to adulthood. The consequences of untreated depression can range from increased incidence of depression in adulthood, involvement in the criminal justice system, or in some cases, suicide.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. Even more shocking, it is the sixth leading cause of death among children ages 5 - 14. The most troubling fact is that these struggling teens often receive no counseling, therapy or medical intervention, even though the National Institute of Mental Health reports that studies show treatments of depression in children and adolescents can be effective.

Producer: TWM Media,
Format: DVD, 20 minutes
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