EDINBURGH, UK: As a final year medical student I am all too aware of the pressures of medical school. The long hours, the never-ending exams, the continuous need to perform and to prove oneself — all can be very taxing. The student who took his life must have felt completely isolated, distraught and alone.
Medical school can be very stressful and most people know this. What students can do is to form support groups to help one another. Of course, this does not take away from the fact – I would say requirement – that university administrations need to offer students counselling services. It is tragic that the student in question is being talked about, fondly remembered and missed only after his death. Had the same people befriended him when he was alive, perhaps this tragedy could have been prevented.