Apparently, there is not a single day when the news of a young soul, surrendering to depression and finding death as an escape from this ugly world, doesn’t become the headline.
Tasneem Anjum, a student of final year MBBS at Khyber Medical College took his own life. Unfortunately, this is not the first news of this nature. And unfortunately, it won’t be the last either if we don’t act timely.
Young Rushaan jumped from top of her university building. Her behavior, her indication in social media posts kept screaming she needed help but no one cared unless her body was lifeless. A while before that, a student from Faisalabad Agriculture University shot himself as the teacher held personal grudges against him, costing him academically and mentally.
20 years old Atif Arain from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) shot himself dead because he wanted to become a cricketer but was forced to choose medical by his parents. His friends later revealed that he was upset and his behaviour showed that, while the teachers said they noticed his disinterest in studies – but no action was taken. His attitude screamed he needed help, but no one bothered unless he was dead. Though the three cases are unfortunate but different in contributing reasons, one aspect in all three needs to be talked about – the urgent need of psychologists on educational campuses.
Modern times have change the challenges we face as well, as have intensified them for the most part. Due to the internet and growing use of social media, we are exposed to all sorts of content that do negatively impact the mental health. As a repercussion, the environment of schools and colleges have gotten more complex. With the focus being on academics primarily, we are neglecting the social and political factors that are influencing the campuses, completely failing to take necessary steps needed to tackle the situation.
With creating safe schools and positive environments conducive to learning, the psychologists and mental health experts are trained for crisis-intervention situations. They play a role in strengthening family and school partnerships and community outreach. The inclusion of mental health experts and discussions on the subject contributes in two ways: one, it reduces the stigmatization of traditional mental health setting and two, due to being in access, it also eradicates the added barrier of ‘getting there’.
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