Warning: This post will contain discussions about suicide, depression and bullying. If you or someone you know is going through something similar to what I’m about to write about then please talk to someone about it. Your never alone! I will leave websites and telephone numbers at the end of this post if you need to get in contact with someone. I completely understand if some of you choose to not read this post.
As I write this, I have just finished watching a film called ‘A Girl Like Her’. The story is about a sixteen year old high school student called Jessica Burns. For six months, Jessica is bullied by the popular girl at school. It starts off as very small things like bumping into her in the hallway, calling her names etc. It then progresses into mean texts, postings on social media, and harassing her during the school day.
As mentioned before, the girl in question bullies Jessica for six months and drives Jessica to the point where she feels she has no way out. Jessica therefore decides to do the only thing she feels she has left and attempts to commit suicide and take here own life by the form of an overdose. She is rushed into hospital and gets treated.
This film was shot in a documentary-like way which makes the film really enjoyable despite the deep subject matter. I felt like the film was an excellent accurate portrayal of what the victims, friends and families go through. Although, there are times where you could see that this was a drama not an actual documentary. But for the first half an hour I actually thought it was a real documentary and I actually Googled it!
For me the subject of depression and suicide is something I struggle to talk about. I have seen the effect depression in particular has on people and to see this still carrying on in schools if I’m honest angers me. Now this film is fictional, but it honestly shows the impact that bulling taken this far can have massive consequences. People seem to think that posting on someones wall to go kill themselves is a good and fun thing to do. But it isn’t. They have no idea the impact that can have on the person in question and what it can leed them to do.
According to The Independent forty five per cent of young people aged thirteen to eighteen year olds have experienced bullying in their lives, and as a result ten percent of teenagers have attempted to commit suicide because they have been bullied. It is my personal opinion, that more needs to be done in schools to both one, stop the bullying before it gets to the point where the victim feels they have no other option and two the signs of someone who needs help and support. Nine times out of ten, if you ask the young person if they are okay. Then your probably going to get the response of “I’m fine” or “I just have things on my mind.” If your gut tells you something deeper is going on then follow it up and take it to someone higher.
I know this post has been more about a statement and less of a review, but I felt after watching this film that I needed to write something about it and try and get people in authority to do something more about it. Please ‘share’ this post around and comment on what you think should be done to help. Then maybe just maybe we might get the word out.
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