Suicide is one of the leading causes of death amongst the youth in Bangladesh. The rate of teenage suicides has gone up in recent years, according to reports. There may be various reasons, but stress is definitely one of them.
Our society has a habit of comparing students with one another throughout their academic years, ignoring the harmful effects it tends to unleash. Constantly students are reminded, mostly by their parents, that they have to do better than their peers. And at times it seems when they do, it is not enough; thus, the cycle continues. There are many cases where a young individual, unable to meet the “expectations”, decided to end their life.
It is high time that we realise that each individual is unique. So, instead of burdening the youth with high, and at times unrealistic, “expectations”, guardians must acknowledge their unique abilities. School authorities too, should ensure the wellbeing of the students by nurturing their talents and also provide counselling sessions to prevent suicides.