As if the bullying issue wasn't frightening enough, a new study has found that kids who have been bullied are more than twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts and attempts than their peers who have never been bullied.  

For the study, researchers from the Institute of Education and Child Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands poured over 34 studies that looked at bullying and suicidal thoughts among 284,375 participants between nine and 21 years old.  Then they looked at nine studies that examined the relationship between bullying and suicide attempts among 70,102 participants of the same age.

The results were frightening.

Kids who were bullied were more than twice as likely to think about suicide.  And more than two and a half times as likely to try it.

The risk was the same across different age groups and even between both girls and boys.

And the connection was even greater when the bullying took place online.  

It's pretty strong evidence that bullying is even more worrisome than many parents might have thought. And it's not something that should be taken lightly - by parent or by school administrators. 

Related posts on MNN:

Bullied kids more likely to have suicidal thoughts
New study finds victims of bullying are more than twice as likely to think about - and attempt - suicide than their peers.