Mangaluru, Oct 12, 2018: Well known city consultant psychiatrist Dr.Tunga, was speaking at a phone-in programme on October 11,Thursday. He stressed high level of stress in education, lack of adjusting and coping skills, are the factors behind increasing student suicide rate.
“Suicides of college students and teenagers are just the tip of the iceberg. Students unable to cope with problems, going into depression. The condition, unless identified in early stages, becomes a cause in many suicide cases,” he stressed.
The psychiatrist, responding to a query from a resident in Puttur on why a talented girl in II PU committed suicide, said that an adolescent who is neither a child nor an adult allows emotions to dominate his or her analytical thinking. “Many with a death wish are not frightened about death as they are not conscious about the ramifications of their decisions. It is a one-way traffic,” he said.
A lady from Bantwal complained that her son in high school was addicted to the mobile phone and television, Dr Tunga agreed that mobile phones were the biggest menace. “Mobile usage is not bad, but it should not be abused. Banning mobile phone usage is not practical. It is up to us to ensure the restricted use of cell phones,” he said.
When a resident of Udupi complained that his son was an introvert, Dr Tunga advised the caller to spend time with his son and make regular visits to the houses of
relatives. He urged educational institutions to understand the threshold level of each student and appoint counsellors to encourage students to understand their own weaknesses. The interaction is termed as a very useful exercise.