532 students commit suicide in 202228 January 2023
DU Correspondent :
A total of around 532 students of the country have chosen the dark path of suicide in 2022 for being emotionally hunt, affairs, family problems or facing such problems. Last year around 44 students on average committed suicide per month. The suicide cases included 85 university students. In 2021, 101 university students died by suicide, according to a study conducted by Aachol Foundation.
Among the suicide incidents, some 340 (63.90 percent), the highest number, were recorded at school level students. Of the total incidents, the higher tendency 320 was found among the female students which is 60.15 percent than male students. It also remained low in case of Madrasha students around 12.09 percent.
A total of 106 college students chose the dark path of suicide, while 85 university students and 54 Madrasha students have committed suicide, according to the survey.
Aachol Foundation, a voluntary social organisation, conducted the survey and disclosed it on Friday at a virtual press conference titled 'Suicidal Tendency among Students; Which Way to Look for the Solution?'
Tahmina Islam, Professor of Social Work Department of SUST, Clinical Psychologist Shahrina Ferdous, and Tansen Rose, Founder President of Aachol Foundation, were present at the conference.
In order to conduct the research, the data was collected through secondary sources which consisted of 150 national and local newspapers and online portals across the country.
According to the survey, Dhaka city is the most suicidal area where 23.77 percent of students committed suicide.
It is also 17.27 percent in Chittagong Division, 16.41 percent in Rajshahi Division, 14.13 percent in Khulna Division, 8.74 percent in Rangpur Division, 8.53 percent in Barishal Division, 6.27 percent in Mymensingh Division and only 4.48 percent in Sylhet Division.
The organisation has find out some causes for suicide which is the highest number of 27.36 percent or 122 students for being emotionally hunt, where 23.32 percent for love affairs, while 3.14 percent for family conflict.
The organisation recommended some proposal to handle the suicidal cases including increasing the scope of sports and cultural practices, launching 'parenting activities' for parents to improve their children's mental growth, solving the financial problems of the students, campaigns for personal privacy and cyber crime and opening Psychological First Aid Branches in educational institutions.
"There are no alternative to create awareness and special care for students on adolescence period where the tendency shown high in this time as well as reducing the mobile addiction, family bonding and developing healthy mind is necessary," Shahrina Ferdous said.