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Karachi school devastated by teen’s suicide, bullying suspected

Administration organizes counseling sessions

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 23, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 days ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 23, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 days ago

A teenager at a well-established school in Karachi died by suicide over the weekend, sending shockwaves through the community of parents, teachers and students and renewing the conversation about causes and bullying.

The class 11 student, who will not be named in this story to protect the identity of the family, is believed to have overdosed. The school’s administrator said in a message to parents:

“I have had a talk with our Class XI students and gave them an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings regarding […].  We also spoke about the importance of acknowledging and sharing our feeling when we are depressed. That could ideally be with a family member, teacher, or friend; anyone they trust and are comfortable with.”

The school has a professional therapist who will be addressing the suicide. Parents were encouraged to tell their children that they should reach out if they are “facing adversity or experiencing strong feelings of stress or sadness”.

The young student had appeared “happy go lucky” and so far none of the teachers, friends or family have said they had any idea as to what led to the student taking their life.


Bullying

It is being suspected that the student was subjected to bullying. Bullying is rampant in schools, in Pakistan and abroad. However, parents are not always equipped to spot the signs and schools are not always aware enough of the severity of the problem on campus.

Studies have shown that it is at a peak for the 12 to 14 year age group. Some parents think the answer is that their child should “toughen” up. Others who may bring up a culture of bullying at school receive a poor response from the administration.

Here is a more in-depth look at the phenomenon, the impact on mental health and ways in which it can be handled:

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Suicide prevention

Here’s what you should do if someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:

• Do not leave the person alone.

• Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.

• Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional

[Must read: Who is at the highest suicide risk in Pakistan?]

• You can get in touch with the following mental health helplines and speak to them.

  1. Mind Organisation 042 35761999
  2. Umang 0317 4288665
  3. Talk2me.pk 0333 4065139
  4. Baat Karo 0335 5743344
  5. Taskeen 0332 5267936
  6. Rooh 0333 3337664
  7. Rozan 0800-22444
  8. OpenCounseling 042 35761999

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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous  November 23, 2021 2:38 pm/ Reply

    This not suicide, this is a case of drugs misuse which is quite rampant among students of Schools and Colleges. I do agree that bullying has a very negative impact on the victim’s mental health and this should also be addressed with strict regulations, but in this particular case, this is drug misuse not suicide. If any legal investigations are going on, then the concern authorities should put more focus on drugs and illegal substances being sold in and outside the premises of schools and colleges and especially in the private ones.

    • Anonymous is dumb  November 25, 2021 12:21 am/ Reply

      Anonymous- you are a […] and people like you contribute to the decline of mental health within society. Get real

  2. Desisyphus  November 24, 2021 10:30 am/ Reply

    Anonymous, you need to back your claim with evidence otherwise you’re probably the bully that pushed the victim to suicide and are covering your tracks by propagating misinformation about the deceased.

  3. Faisal  November 25, 2021 3:42 pm/ Reply

    need proper investigation and need to do postmortem too

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