Increasing Rates of Suicide and Strive for Perfection
by courtney_viv on March 30, 2016 - 4:51pm
On July 27 2015, New York Times posted an article discussing how the suicide rates are increasing and the reason for it is because everyone strives to be perfect. According to the article suicide rates among 15 to 24 year olds have increased from 9.6 deaths per 100,000 to 11.1 deaths. A survey done by college counselors found that 50 percent of their clients have extremely bad cases of psychological problems such as anxiety and depression; it has risen by 13 percent in just two years. The people that are more pressured to seem perfect are female students since they feel as though they have to be smart, fit and popular without having proof that they put effort. According to Leon Festinger, a social psychologist, students tend to determine their personal worth on how they compare to others. This is all easily accessible since we have cellphones. Social media causes a lot of misperception, since everything looks better online. A person may actually see the “fake” person and not what that person may actually be feeling on the inside, thus people believe that their lives are glamourous when they might actually not be.
The University of Pennsylvania has formed a peer counseling program to help students discuss issues they may be facing. Ten universities around the nation have joined together to research more into how they may be able to decrease the amount of suicides on campuses. Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program, a nationwide program, has enlisted 90 different schools to develop mental health and wellness programs, easily accessible for any student.