Workplace bullying can be connected to suicidal thoughts: Study

HR, managers first line of defence to prevent escalation of victimization
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/20/2015

Targets of workplace bullying may be more likely to contemplate suicide, according to a Norwegian study of 1,850 workers conducted over a five-year period. Workers tracked during the study became about twice as likely to report thoughts of suicide after being victims of such behaviour. 

If you think about it, it’s not that surprising workplace bullying can have such a profound impact on an individual’s mental health, said Morten Birkeland Nielsen, a professor at the University of Bergen in Norway and lead author of the study.