A 'national crisis' of student suicide touches Minnesota

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 23, 2009 - 5:32 AM

Colleges are straining to help young people who are struggling with depression and mental health issues.

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greekmavNov. 23, 09 1:01 AM

There has been a ton of weight put on these kids shoulders because they know that if they fail in college, they wasted thousands of dollars, and chances are high that they won't even make it to being middle class citizens. Conversely, 30 years ago people were able to work 40 hours a week and be able to afford health care, a decent house, and a family. Now we have major credit and mortgage crises and our GDP sucks because we exported the majority of our skilled labor in the 80s and foreign infrastructure has finally caught up to our own. Don't tell us the rich aren't getting richer and the poor aren't getting poorer.

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silverglovesNov. 23, 09 5:30 AM

Students need to watch what they eat too. Poor nutrition can be a basis for depression. Don't underestimate the power of food for thought. Are you going out and drinking every weekend? Well, then you're probably going to be depressed. Look at things realistically.

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ORIOLE75Nov. 23, 09 5:39 AM

How would you like to be facing the defecit ridden future they are with all of those babyboomers to take care of and two wars to pay for .....and a 10% unemployment rate ?

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rynoguyNov. 23, 09 7:05 AM

I would say our country often shortchanges the mental health area. Services can be expensive, insurance companies often do not want to cover these services, and worst of all, many mental health issues occur at a younger age and often are not fully addressed. Look at Minnesota, for example, we rank 49th or 50th in the number of school counselors. Most of them have a caseload of between 500-800 students. I wish this would become more of a priority in our state and country.

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noannyNov. 23, 09 7:11 AM

I have watched parents, including myself, expect much from children. We begin with Mozart and Baby Einstein, play groups and dance. Then comes T-ball, soccer and ski teams. Then PSAT and SAT until they graduate and go on to a higher degree or specialized studies. Then there are no jobs, but they have all the loans to repay. What happened to the phrase Mr. Rogers used to use, "I like you Just the way you are!"?

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davidosedachNov. 23, 09 7:33 AM

You have to be pretty depressed to attempt suicide. And depression is treatable with meds. But you need to go to a psychiatrist to get them and many college students don't want to do that.

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fiebertNov. 23, 09 7:39 AM

Other countries seem to value education to the point that higher education is affordable. At the U, the coach makes over a million dollars, you would think is was a school for sports only with the emphasis placed on football, etc. When times are tough the students get a hike in tuition fees, etc. More money is spent on buildings and sports than on trying to make education affordable. These kids are our future, the educational system needs to get its values straight!

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kathmurpNov. 23, 09 7:50 AM

and accessable. These kids are under way too much pressure and need to have easy access to help. They also need to know that our health care system will be fixed, and that this pre-existing condition will not make getting insurance nearly impossible at a later date.

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mahoneytNov. 23, 09 8:00 AM

and finding out they are not as specia as mommy and daddy taught them they are, they are not the focus of attention any longer, they are not as important as they have been led to believe and are finding out that the world just doesn't revolve around them and they can't handle the reality.

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twelveuhohonNov. 23, 09 8:15 AM

try life in the real world!!! Expectations are way too high; our kids are taught to be "special" and "achievers," but someone has to be in the fat middle, otherwise known as the mean, the average. And our culture affords no dignity or honor for ordinary people in the middle. Maybe college isn't for all kids! Or maybe full-time college is not for these kids. We need a way for folks to recognize and accept their personal limits. It took me eight years to work my way through my B.A. degree. The two graduate degrees after that were a snap. Getting from here to there is rarely a straight line . . . in the real world.

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