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Students who go to schools with more bullying are more likely to consider suicide, finds a study in The Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed survey data from more than 750,000 students at public high schools in California from 2009 to 2013. Overall, rates of suicidal ideation among students at each school ranged from 4 percent to 67 percent, with a median of 19.3 percent. School size and average level of academic achievement were not associated with rates of suicidal ideation. However, schools with higher levels of victimization and bullying–as well as schools with more girls–had higher rates of suicidal ideation. According to the researchers, the study suggests that suicide-prevention efforts should emphasize prevention of violence and bullying. (Monitor on Psychology)

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