Student suicide

April 22, 2010

KARACHI: This is with reference to Sarah Munir’s article ‘In the pressure cooker’ (April 21) about the recent suicide of a medical student in Karachi. The solution to the problem lies in bridging the communication gap between parents and teachers. I was a student some 45 years back — and life then wasn’t as much about social status as it is today.

I think if a student is depressed, a teacher should be able to pick it up and help prevent things from getting out of hand. Why are we so hesitant in discussing our problems? Maybe things would have been different for the AKU student had counselling services been provided to him.

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