University can be one of the best, most memorable years of your life–but they can also be the worst. You’re likely living apart from your family for the first time; you have to commit to a fresh start; there’s immense pressure to do well and graduate; the concern over student debt at the end of your journey possibly crippling you. There are, essentially, countless reasons university life may be the rusty, bad side of the coin for you.
According to several studies conducted in Malaysia, the US and worldwide, most resulted in increasingly high statistics of deaths by suicide per year, which, worldwide, currently stands at a death every 40 seconds –a figure which has been predicted to decrease to every 20 seconds over the next decade. In conclusion, it is a case which urgently needs to be dealt with.
Suicide cases begin rising from the young age of 10 among children, very often due to the intensity of actions such as bullying by other children, etc. However, by the time students reach college and university level, while bullying may not be as existent of an issue, several other factors come into play around this time, where one is a mere few years away from adulthood.
While not just one factor usually leads to thoughts about suicide, several coming together at the same time may make one question the need for their existence, or their inability to deal with all aspects at the same time. This has now lead to the highest number ever recorded of students being victims of anxiety and depression, with nearly half admitting having previously had thoughts of suicide.
If you or someone close to you is suffering from depression, we have some suggestions which may be of help–because we know that telling a suicidal individual that others have it worse than them is not what you would want to hear:
- Seek help from your school or university’s counsellors
- Take deep breaths, in particular when faced with an anxiety attack
- Take a step back and tackle each task you may be upset about one at a time
- Don’t hold back from what is important to you; always make time for what you love
- Realise that your mental health is a priority over everything else, including your studies or your social circle–pay the most attention to it
With these steps, and given more time, we believe that you or whoever may be suffering from depression and thoughts of suicide, will come out stronger from it.
Suicide Hotlines in Malaysia:
Kuala Lumpur: (03) 7956 8144
Penang: (04) 281 5161
Ipoh: (05) 547 7933
Malacca: (06) 284 2500