Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cornell student suicides: a troublesome trend

photograph of a deep gorge, like the ones near Cornell University

The gorges that dot Cornell's campus now have guards posted on the bridges. Image from Flickr.

In the last seven months, upstate New York college Cornell University has had six suspected student suicides. For a school that reported no suicides from 2005 to 2008, this recent spate of student deaths is very troubling. Administrators at Cornell are approaching the suicide problem head-on, providing money now for increased student counseling and staff training.

Student suicides at Cornell

As CNN reports, the average suicide rate for college students is about 7.29 suicides per every 100,000 students. Cornell university has about 20,000 students - so statistics indicate the school would have 1 or 2 suicides each year.

During the 1990s, Cornell had eight student suicides in 10 years, which still fell well below the national average. Theories as to why this year has been particularly bad for student suicides at Cornell abound, including the availability of "The Gorges", the copy-cat effect and the general darkness of Ithica during the months of March and April. ... click here to read the rest of the article titled "Cornell student suicides: a troublesome trend"

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