Student Suicides: A Tragic Silent Issue and Potential Solutions

Science Insights, 15 July 2016
Volume 2016
Doi: 10.15354/si.16.re202
Student Suicides: A Tragic Silent Issue and Potential Solutions
Neelima Hagen, MSc, BA;* Ashish Pralhad Russell, PhD *,∆
Author Affiliations
*: Central Institute of Health Science, University of Hyderabad, C. R., Prof CR Rao Rd, CUC, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana 500046, India
∆: Correspondence to: Dr. Ashish Pralhad Russell, PhD, Email:


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 15 and 24. Of them, depression is a notorious contributor, and a suicidal thought is one of the most frightening things a person can face in their lifetime. However, acting on the suicidal thoughts is a far too common scenario for a large population across the world. Of the major contributing reasons, lacking of confidentiality is the one underlying the emerging incidences of student suicide. It is of extremely importance for the student to be protected and the school personnel to be enabled to provide assistance on this issue. It is known about the necessity for providing pertinent assistance, yet it is often difficult to obtain actual information upon the student’s real condition. Theoretically, we can figure out a list of the measures solving this problem, like securing a signed release from parents/ guardians to communicate with the student’s therapist/counselor. Nonetheless, it is hard to put them into practice. Attempting to solve this issue is needed to have a straightforward communication between school and parents or guardians, through which vital decisions concerning needed supports and the student’s schedule can be made. All related issues are likely to surface and need to be considered seriously on a case-by- case individual basis. In this review, we will discuss at length about the student suicide and will provide potential solutions to help conquer it.

KeywordsStudent suicide; Mental disorder; Depression; Measurement; Psychology