Bullying and its effect on mental health

The announcement by Education Minister Peter Garrett last month that all schools would be forced to adopt an anti-bullying policy from next year has the potential to profoundly affect the future mental health of Australian adolescents.

A study presented at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual conference in Sydney in May showed adolescents who were bullied were at high risk of experiencing mental illness.

The study, a systematic review, showed that across 60 studies, adolescents who were bullied were