Friday, April 08, 2005

According to Madelyn Gould, who conducts research at the New York Psychiatric Institute, "some school officials are worried about being blamed if students harm themselves after taking a survey [that asks them if they are suicidal]". In other words, one of the reasons discussion of suicide is taboo is that people are concerned that merely mentioning it will provoke it, even though the evidence suggests otherwise.

But what does happen to a teenagers identified by such a survey as being suicidal? Do they get counseling that actually helps them to cope with their day to day existence? Are they respected as human beings or are they forcibly drugged and/or tossed into a mental ward until their morale improves?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would've figured schools would get blamed more, if they don't pay any attention to "troubled" students at all. A survey could provide information about hte need for an informative campaign or something. I guess it is (sadly) easier to pretend nothing can be wrong at a school, than it is to risk any damage to the school's "image".