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Mental health and student suicide

Adequate fund needed to reinforce mental health services for students


Bangladeshpost
Published : 10 Sep 2023 08:39 PM

A total of 361 students took their own lives in the last eight months in Bangladesh, a recent study conducted by the Achol Foundation revealed. The study's findings, revealed during a virtual press conference on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day, are based on an analysis of news reports published in 105 national and local newspapers. 

Youth suicide is a perpetual dilemma in any form of societal structure. The reasons for suicide often lie on the characteristics of a country’s demography and societal structure. Whatever the reason, each and every incident of youth suicide not only in Bangladesh but also across the globe unveils the collective failure of the respective societies to instil the importance of life into the sensitive psychology of interpretation of the youths.

It is disheartening to note that despite experiencing an increasing number of youth suicides, the issue has been overlooked by the authorities concerned, society, parents and teachers in Bangladesh. We often write about the education system, we complain about the lack of qualified teachers in our schools. But we hardly emphasize youth suicide caused by the overwhelming characteristics of our education system.

It is disheartening to note that despite 

experiencing 

an increasing number of youth suicides, the issue 

has been 

overlooked by the authorities concerned, society, 

parents and teachers in Bangladesh

A recent study conducted by the Achol Foundation titled “Suicidal Tendency Among Students; Which Way to Look for the Solution,” found that 27.36 per cent of students who committed suicide did so out of anger, with emotional reasons accounting for 23.32 per cey, family conflict for 3.14 per cent, depression for 2.01 per cent, and mental problems for 1.79 per cent. 

Reportedly, among the victims, 340 were school students, 106 were college students, 54 were madrasa students, and 86 were university students. The reasons for suicide are quite predictable. Depression, anxiety, failure in exam, love-breakup are the common reasons for suicide in Bangladesh. We believe a large percentage of suicides are preventable if people get timely and adequate treatment for mental health disorders. 

Suicidal behavior has existed throughout human history, but due to several complex factors, it has increased gradually in all parts of the world and, in the past few decades, has reached alarming statistical levels. Suicide is a global public health problem that deserves the attention of all the actors in the field of mental health, including scientific and professional organizations, organizations for mental health users and their families, and universities. It deserves particular attention from national health authorities, since it is their responsibility to craft policies and directives aimed at establishing strategies to prevent suicide and promote public’s mental health. The role of both print and audiovisual communication media and of social media is no less important, since their participation can have positive as well as negative effects, depending on how they address this subject. There are numerous complex factors that contribute to a suicide, but what is most important is that all of our actions must be geared toward prevention.