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UNDERSTAND TEENAGE SUICIDE: GET INTO THEIR SHOES

A classmate of mine in school and college successfully hung herself from a fan… It was devastating… Years later here I am-a psychologist- with several hundred sessions of having heard the teenagers side of the story-the hopelessness, helplessness and the frustrations. When Rediff asked me to write about teenage suicide, everything came together 🙂

I wrote this article a few days ago but perhaps today-World Suicide Prevention Day-is the best time for it to be posted.

Th Article:

My earliest recollection of a young person’s suicide is that of my classmate. We were in the same class and division in the tenth grade. She was a star of the class then. People loved her, I did too. She created jingles, participated in dances, rendered dialogues from famous movies and was a typical popular girl.

After school we studied in the same college. We weren’t that close but I saw her occasionally. She seemed to have gotten much quieter and also as I remember it, more ‘girlish’…and then one morning, just before class, someone came in who knew both of us and told me “You know? She committed suicide”.

I remember it hitting me hard. What is the world could make a popular girl like that, who seemed to have everything going for her, kill herself?

This was 1996, I think. Since then somewhere subconsciously I have looked for an answer which I have gotten in parts through my education and moreover through my own therapy work with adolescents and their parents.

Read On…

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2 thoughts on “UNDERSTAND TEENAGE SUICIDE: GET INTO THEIR SHOES”

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