A new study has revealed that if bullied teens are involved in regular exercise then this significantly reduces suicidal thoughts and attempts.
The study conducted by University of Vermont found that being physically active for four or more days in a week results in a 23 percent reduction of suicidal attempts in bullied students.
The recent study was the first to show a link between physical activity and a reduction in suicidal thoughts and attempts by bullied students, who are also at increased risk for poor academic performance, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, sadness and substance abuse.
Jeremy Sibold, the lead author of the study, said that it was scary and frustrating that exercise wasn’t more ubiquitous and that we don’t encourage it more in schools, instead, some kids were put on medication and told ‘good luck’.
The researchers wished their paper increases the consideration of exercise programs as part of the public health approach to reduce suicidal behavior in all adolescents.
The study is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.