Suicide in young college students: There is hope
Depression marks the life of most of us at some point of time. This depression can be a reaction to or brought about by a number of conditions. It can be due to a serious health condition, usually a terminal, grave disease. It can be a reaction to a negative stressful event that has happened in a person’s life concerning work, school, finances, family, or other relationships. It can be secondary to loneliness, physical or sexual abuse, or bullying. However, most of us recover and seek help and support by merely talking and sharing the feeling with other people. Some people cope, adjust, or learn to accept whatever situation they’re in.
When the depression goes out of hand and can’t be tackled easily it becomes clinical depression which is the underlying cause for suicide. Suicide can be defined as a devastating complication of clinical depression. Apart from clinical depression, there are various other reasons which may lead to suicidal tendencies inclusive of undiagnosed or untreated psychiatric conditions, such as anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, or a post-partum depression. A genetic component to suicide is also recognized in individuals who have a long or significant family history of suicides or suicidal attempts with a raised tendency towards suicide.
Statistical studies have reported that suicide is on an ever increasing rise in college demographics which mostly occurs as a result of social, academic stressors, emotional instability, undiagnosed prior psychological disorders, and anxiety, among others. Educational institutions are finding it hard to identify at risk students and to address their direct needs. Some have partnered with school supported on campus programs, departments and clubs and are actively seeking help from outside professionals and establishments that have a Crisis Stabilization team, and programs like Second Arc Life Center in White Plains, New York, to help address these situations.
College freshmen may be more vulnerable to depression as they are making the transition from high school to college. Their depressive states may be due in part to students moving away from the comforts of their homes, having to socially adjust to making new friends and a new environment, navigating the rigorous academic programs at colleges or for many other reasons. Coping mechanisms of every student is different and so depression or anxiety affects them all differently.
Many of these young people feel that there is no hope for their situation, or was not able to cope, don’t seek appropriate help or just contained his or her feelings within themselves, then there’s a possibility of that person nurturing the idea of suicide or sometime this could be a case of suicide on impulse. We are too familiar with the tragic outcomes. Most recently a 19 year old college freshman, promising, successful, top athlete and America’s future at University of Pennsylvania, jumped to her death. This is such a tragic end to someone who was considered socially connected, talented and smart. Dr.Adeigbola raises the question to all of us about the pressures and expectation of being on top? We may never find out, as she has left family and friends shocked by her actions.
The death of a loved one especially if it is a suicide leaves the concerned family devastated, as they want to understand why it has occurred. Families who are left behind search for clues to questions they themselves want to ask the departed loved one.
What you need to know is that suicide is preventable. If you or one of your loved ones, or somebody you just happen to know and care about, suffers from persistent feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, guilty about life, despondency, losing interest in pleasurable things, there is no better time but to act now. You should reach out to the Second Arc Short Term Crisis Stabilization Team. This team is composed of 14-16 therapists who all have high expertise and great experience in managing people with depression and suicidal intentions. They are very able to provide care to children, adolescents, and adults, alike. This team can help you or your loved one in providing individual, group, and family support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to you or your loved one until the crisis resolves. This program is spearheaded by two American Board Certified psychiatrists, Dr. Parinda Parikh and Dr. Adeigbola. They are also the medical directors of the program. Dr. Parikh and Dr. Adeigbola have combined experience in crisis intervention of over two decades at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where they work as psychiatrists in charge of overnight and weekend calls in Evaluation Center.
Remember, suicide is preventable. And it might be only you who can help your loved one at any given time, so do not hesitate to seek help professional help from a well-reputable team. Call the Second Arc Short Term Crisis Stabilization Team immediately to help save a life.