UQ efforts see bullying recognised globally as contributor to mental illness

Bullying has been recognised globally as a risk factor for mental illness, thanks to a University of Queensland research team.

UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Hannah Thomassaid the inclusion of bullying as a risk factor for major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders in the Global Burden of Disease study was a major milestone.

“For the first time on the global stage, bullying has been formally recognised as being a causative factor for mental illness,” she said.

“Being bullied increases someone’s risk of developing a depressive or anxiety disorder later in life.  more

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