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Suicide Prevention During COVID-19How do we stop the soaring number of suicidal deaths today?
김현서 강남포스트 학생기자 | 승인 2021.12.06 15:16

Many controversies today have an impact on the lives of many different people from many societies. Although one of the most popular and highlighted topics today is COVID-19, other issues that have been directly touched by COVID-19 should also be discussed. Teens attempting suicide during the pandemic, particularly teen ladies, should be addressed, for example. Teen suicide attempts increased by 50.6 percent after the epidemic began, according to reports. The strategy utilized to assist these young suicide victims is at the center of this debate. Many hospitals and therapists try to help these teenagers by creating new programs like SPARC to help them escape the darkness and appeal to terminate their life permanently.

As appealing as this may sound, some will oppose this idea as they believe that therapy sessions and suicide programs cost lots of money and the therapists are manipulating the young teens to join their program for the sole purpose of gaining more money. Therefore, the people who are looking at this scenario as a whole and considering the amount of money that is spent on therapy will frown upon these new programs no matter how much help and guidance can be given to these young victims. Although these opposing positions may be going too far and simply assuming the intentions of these therapists without knowing whether or not the therapy sessions work for the victims, the high costs of therapy sessions are true. This makes younger teens who lack money or who want to have easy access to help without having to force themselves to talk to their parents to find help, hopeless. Therefore, although the intentions of programs like SPARC (Suicide Prevention and Resilience at Children's) still stand, the costs of therapy sessions are certainly a point that should be fixed especially if the suicide issue is becoming gradually more urgent with the higher suicide rates after the pandemic. 

The proposal of a solution that could be made is not getting rid of therapy sessions but rather decreasing the cost burden that comes along with it and includes more intermediate actions of prevention in schools before the students go to therapy or the hospital. As a young teen myself, it is understandable where these dangerous thoughts are stemmed from and why the pandemic encouraged suicides. However, one simple solution can be embedding these suicide prevention group therapies at school. The school is an area that should not only be responsible for children’s education but also take part in their well-being and mental health. In addition to this, teaching children how to protect their mental health and find happiness from little things is one of the best learning experiences a student can get from school at the end of the day. 

As a result, having therapy sessions or classes where students can not only relax but also feel comfortable enough to open up about what they're going through to other students their age will be more effective than expected, because, at school, the amount of work and classes assigned to students discourages them from communicating with their peers or finding time to talk about their feelings to anyone. Rather than taking the difficult and potentially dangerous step of changing the school's curriculum or reducing the amount of work required of hard-working students, a better approach might be to set aside a slot or a period for students to have a therapy session at school with their peers, rather than waiting for students to have suicidal thoughts, act on them, and then receive therapy sessions in the hospital. This technique of prevention is not only beneficial, but it also addresses some of the criticisms leveled at suicide prevention programs, as it does not require more money and may be used as a preventative measure.

 

 

 

 

 

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