Colleges Face Suicide Crisis

More than half of students have considered suicide
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2008 4:18 AM CDT
An astounding number of students at US colleges have considered suicide, a new study has found.   ((c) gargola87)
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(Newser) – More than half the students at 70 US colleges have contemplated suicide, a startling new study has found. Surveys revealed that 55% once thought of taking their own lives, 18% seriously considered it and 8% actually tried, reports USA Today. Broken romances, school-related problems, and emotional and physical pain were most often cited as the reasons.

"Most people don't appreciate how much suicidality students engage in. They don't see the everyday anguish students are going though," said the lead researcher. But it's a "ubiquitous phenomenon," he stressed. "We need to keep rescuing those in need, but we need to be shifting some of our focus to building resilience."