THE first time Michelle Landry, pictured, decided to read online comments which were written about her, she was shocked.
As a federal MP she's now used to people trying to bully her with hurtful comments online, but she said for people in a more vulnerable state these comments could potentially be deadly.
"I've had some dreadful things said about me, and I try and ignore it but it can be hurtful," she said.
"I can see how people, if they are a bit depressed, how it can affect them and why they might take their own life."
However, Ms Landry said she noticed the people who wrote hurtful comments about her online also posted similar comments about other people.
She said this reflected worse on the bully than it did on her.
"I think these people must be in a bad place themselves to be so vicious," she said.
"I actually think there's a lack of respect across the whole of the community.
"I do think as people they need to be mindful of what they're saying. It is a disgrace. Some of these people need to get a life."
She also said social media had a lot to answer for when it came to online bullying.
"It's a different matter when people look you in the eye and say something, but they can say whatever they like on social media and they think they can get away with it," she said.
"It is shocking."
Ms Landry recommended people who needed assistance with bullying or other issues contact an organisation like Headspace on 4921 9800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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