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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 4. 1969.

Alarming rise in American student suicides

Alarming rise in American student suicides


The rate of student suicides in the United States has risen alarmingly in the past few years.

According to a study made by the National Institute of Mental Health, every year an estimated 1000 of the nation's 2.6 million college students commit suicide.

At one large Eastern college, three residents in a 1000-girl residential hall killed themselves last year.

The students most prone to kill themselves are in the academic areas that demand extreme sensitivity, such as language and literature.

At Berkeley, English majors led the list of suicide victims.

Illustrating how little is known about the problem, the study contradicts common academic folklore that students kill themselves during exam periods.

The danger period for student suicide was found to be the start, not the finish, of the school year.

During periods of crisis suicides generally drop because people are too busy copying to kill themselves.