It’s well understood that “Thou shalt not kill,” but to understand “Thou shalt not allow the kill,” is a key to prevent suicide. Understanding behavior is the most challenging job but it can make a huge difference in preventing something as ghastly as ‘Suicide’.
Suicide is surely such a grave and overly complex phenomenon and it really doesn’t stand a simple explanation to why a person chose to take his life. Many ethical questions and behavior analysis involves the study of suicide.
A common myth about suicide is that “suicide is committed without warning.”
Absolutely not the case! People usually give numerous warnings, saying that the world could be a better place without me and by the gradual and sometimes gradual sudden changes in their attitudes socially and emotionally.
I strongly feel that the life of the 15-year-old student, Tariq who committed suicide at his residence; for the fear of his parents scolding him for failing exams could be saved if only parent and teachers would be more understanding and engaged in frequent healthy talks.
Tariq’s attitude and behavior before his suicide must have changed and hinted his intentions for taking this sorry step. Parents should not be so demanding on their kids, for not every child can take pressure well.
In this case if we disregard the socio-culture and neurobiological model its a psychological model case of suicide where the child strongly felt disengaged with the family to share his issues at school and had set high goals for himself which were unattainable (overpowering parental demands).
However Tariq, failing in his exams caused him to blame himself for not achieving the set goals. Research has always been consistent with the idea that failure in attaining goals and self-blame also contributes to the death-desire.
Sometimes its not easy to speak to parents but then children should have an option to turn around for help in forms of counselors, mentors, community help centers or self-help groups.
All the more reason why schools should have counselors and mentoring programs; it’s only to make sure students learning in their institution are emotionally and socially healthy.