In March of 2010, Queen's University student, Jack Windeler killed himself.
"He was a good student, athletic, with a promising future."
Within 14 months a total of five more deaths at Queen's. Three confirmed suicides, all male.
Here is a study done by the University of Alberta.
In 2011, 1600 students took part in the National College Health Assessment Survey. These problems are being played today all across North America.
All of the issues identified have been experienced within 12 months prior to taking the tests.
1. 51.3 % of the Students tested had a feeling of hopelessness, not being adequate enough, incompetent to handle the work load. That's slightly more than half of the students.
2. 87.5% were overwhelmed by the amount of work load. Not knowing where to start.
3. 87.1% reported being exhausted, not just physically but mentally, finding it hard to concentrate and stay awake in class.
4. 61.7% felt lonely. Being separated from family and friends.
5. 65.6% were sad.
6. 34.4% felt so depressed that it was difficult to function.
7. 52.1% had anxiety spells that were overwhelming and uncontrollable.
8. 40.7% were angry.
9. 57.1% experienced more than average stress.
10. 6.8% seriously considered suicide.
11. 1.2% attempted it.
Suicide is the leading cause of death after car accidents for Canadians aged 10-24.
Another study in the United States found 15% of students have cut, burned or injured themselves.
It's obvious to me that the work load, and the pressure to succeed is too much for the average person. One of those situations where...
"I'll be damned if I do and I'll be damned if I don't."
A person has to go to school nowadays, and not just do good, but do better and be your best. That's a lot of pressure.
That's what they tell you, anyway.
Ref: Maclean's National Magazine Sept 10, 2012 Society, Article - Mental Health The Broken Generation