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Addressing Mental Health in Schools

As Central students, we can all relate to the struggle of an immense workload week to week but how much work is too much?

Recently, Cayman Naib, an 8th grader at Shipley in Bryn Mawr, shot himself in the head after having been missing for several days. The alleged cause of his suicide was the pressure he was facing at school. His mother, Becky Naib, stated that she last saw him doing his homework on Wednesday and he had just received an email stating his negative progress in school. Unfortunately, Naib is 1 of 22 per 100,000 teenage boys who commit suicide due to stress from school (Centers in Disease Control and Prevention).

On January 17, 2014, Penn student Madison Holleran committed suicide due to the stress she was facing at school. Holleran expressed to her parents that she was depressed and having trouble keeping up with her studies and they agreed for her to transfer schools. Even with the support from her family, Holleran ended her life by jumping from the top of a parking garage in Philadelphia. In honor of her life, Holleran’s parents started the “Madison Holleran Foundation” in an effort to prevent suicide, prepare high school students for the transition into college, and offer help to college students facing a similar crisis (Madison Holleran Foundation).

Naib and Holleran are only two of about 4,600 people ranging from 10-24 years-old commit suicide per year (Centers in Disease Control and Prevention).

These suicides have led to a discussion about student workload and mental health education and how to address these issues. Should schools determine a limit to the amount of work a student gets per night? Per week? How should schools educate students on mental health? There are many questions and suggestions people have for confronting student suicides.


Kaila Caffey (277)
Staff Writer

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