Suicide: The Question of Why

The suicide of a fellow student, a family member or a friend leaves behind a wake of sadness and trauma. Survivors wonder what could have caused the victim to take such an action. They begin to look back at their interactions with the individual in the days and months prior to the suicide, questioning whether there were changes that they could or should have noted that could have predicted the act.

People usually attempt suicide to block unbearable emotional pain. A person attempting suicide is often so distressed that they are unable to see that they have other options. Suicidal people often feel terribly isolated. Because of their distress, they may not think of anyone they can turn to. This furthers their sense of isolation. In the vast majority of cases, a suicide victim would choose differently if they were not in great distress and were able to evaluate their options objectively.

Sometimes those who choose to take their own lives do so as a consequence of their suffering from depression or some other psychiatric disorder. Some may have no history of depression but act at a particular time when they are feeling totally isolated, desperately unhappy and alone.

They may feel strong feelings of quilt and anger. Children of suicide have a particularly difficult time coping. Your Student Assistance Program is here to help.

If you have had the experience of losing a friend, loved one, or family member to suicide, please use us as a resource in your time of grief.
If you have a friend, loved one, or family member who may be considering suicide, please call for consultation.
If you are considering suicide, please call.

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