Friday, November 13, 2015

A Suicide at Sunway University















An A-Level student jumped to her death from the eleventh floor of the Sunway University building yesterday, between 6.40 PM to 6.50 PM.

I am really, really sorry to hear this.





But for those of us who choose to live, we need to remember that Life goes on. We move on.

Still, I have questions. What can the university learn from this? What can the university do about it? How can we prevent the next suicide?

Many experts believe a number of things determine how vulnerable a person is to suicidal thinking and behavior. These include:

Life history – for example, having a traumatic experience during childhood, a history of sexual or physical abuse, or a history of parental neglect.

Mental health – for example, developing a serious mental health condition, such as schizophrenia.

Lifestyle – for example, if you misuse drugs or misuse alcohol.

Employment – such as poor job security, low levels of job satisfaction or being unemployed.

Relationships – being socially isolated, being a victim of bullying or having few close relationships.

Genetics and family history.

In addition, a “stressful/painful” event may push a person "over the edge", leading to suicidal thinking and behavior.

And I am also thinking that the university should re-examine how education is dispensed. We are like factories churning out assembly line after assembly line of graduates who are, what I consider, "soulless". All they have to show for after their stay here is a piece of paper and not much else.

I believe we should treat students from a Theory Y rather than from a Theory X perspective. They should be “humanely” managed so that they can have meaningful learning experiences at this phronistery. After all, education is much more than just getting a degree.

Dare I suggest that we create the ‘Kantian Moral Firm’ as a way forward?

To be honest, I don’t think we will really know why the student did what she did – but here’s another thought. It may not be so much the desire to die as the longing to stop living.

6 comments:

Snuze said...

We are very stingy with mental health support. We think it's shameful and unnecessary. She may have had clinical depression that's untreated, hence leading to the drastic act. May she be at peace.

Chang Yi said...

students too dumb? people outside fighting to live and they choose to die. HE or SHE deserve it. IT's her hoice.

Linda Fernandez said...

Churning out graduates who are 'soulless' ....i absolutely agree on this. Paper chase makes life so meaningless for these children. That is why it is so easy to give up on life. Getting a paper qualification is not the only thing that makes a person. Parents & educators need to examine ourselves and see if justice is done to our young adults. Have we failed to help them see life beyond grades n qualifications? Something we all should ponder upon before we lose another child. Rest In Peace. Sorry if we failed u��

blurblurpiggy said...

Its not the first time this has happened nor will it be the last. They have never reported the one that happened when i was there. I think that students should be told that no matter how difficult life is for them there will be someone having a more difficult time than them and they are still fighting on so they shouldnt give up no matter what. Suicide is just taking the easy way out.

Dorothy Boudville said...

I am truly sadden with this news. Sad for her family. It easy to choose the easy way out but why when we are only given one chance to live. Children must learn to speak up and learn to manage failures. You do not need to be afraid to face failures. Learn from it and find alternative solution. Seek help and always have God with us. With God..we will have a solution. Rest in peace dear. We as parents need to be more attentive to our kids emotional condition at all times.

Dorothy Boudville said...

I am truly sadden with this news. Sad for her family. It easy to choose the easy way out but why when we are only given one chance to live. Children must learn to speak up and learn to manage failures. You do not need to be afraid to face failures. Learn from it and find alternative solution. Seek help and always have God with us. With God..we will have a solution. Rest in peace dear. We as parents need to be more attentive to our kids emotional condition at all times.