Bhutan Observer
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Who says youth are happy?
Ap Tsara, July 18, 2013

Wai! Within the span of one month, we have heard of two suicide cases in Thimphu itself. No one knows how many such cases escape media attention in the remoter places. Now, if increasing number of young people take their own lives in a country that professes happiness as its supreme pursuit, something is not quite right.

Even without the aid of figures, we can say that the frequency at which our younger generation takes their own lives is increasing. Almost always, we know almost nothing about the events that lead to such a tragic end. People begin formulating their own speculations.

And surprisingly, we have done almost nothing to curb our youth’s tendency to commit suicide. Teachers and parents say that they never expected the child they knew would be capable of going to that extent. It is about time we started treating suicides more seriously. One way is to deploy trained counsellors in schools and colleges and classes on problem-solving must be held regularly so that the students learn to deal with their problems with least harm to anyone.

It is a common knowledge that the schools and colleges provide only career counselling in most cases. There is a need to broaden the focus to include problem counselling. What use is it after all to have a lecture on landing the right job if the youth lack the mental strength to go that far?

Something must be really done to curb the menace of suicides. The effort must come from schools and parents both. If more young people commit suicide for reasons that were known only to themselves, would it not be an antithesis to our very vision of GNH?