Bhubaneswar, March 25(LocalWire): Depression-led suicide is one of the growing problems globally and it is alarmingly high in India.
Suicide rates tend to increase with age but recently academic pressure, failing in exams and unemployment have been the main reasons for suicidal behaviours among young people aged 15 to 29 years.
Parental pressure and the need for academic excellence have taken its toll on the young. Indian students are under a lot of pressure during the exam months of March and April.
LocalWire spoke to Agnee and Saswati, students of a private school who have recently appeared in their class X and class XII boards, respectively.
‘The past few months have been so stressful, I felt the immense pressure and it is scary to think this is only the beginning,’ said Agnee.
Saswati shared how mind-numbing it felt to prepare for the boards and also the entrance exams at the same time, ‘I am more nervous and scared than excited for the future. I feel like my entire life is going to change in the next few weeks.’
Psychologists suggest that students suffer from depression and anxiety-related fear during examinations.
Students who struggle with schoolwork are more likely to experience academic anxiety but again the same can be said of high achievers, since they are overly perfectionists.
Ananya, a third-year medical student tells us how academic pressure affects her drastically.
‘I am privileged that I am pursuing my dream but there are times when it gets really murky when I feel completely dissociated from reality and forget to eat or relax due to the pressure of studies, she said.
Sarita, a lecturer, is concerned about the situation and told LocalWire, ‘The students are our future and we as a society should have faith in them and not push them to extreme levels to prove themselves.’ She is also distressed over the stress-related that every three out of five students face.
‘Learning has a beautiful and fun element to it but we lose sight of that in the competitive frenzy. It breaks my heart to read about students committing suicides,’ she said.