This article made me think back to my first year. A student of mine committed suicide. Actually, during my class. One of his dorm mates suddenly jumped up out of his chair, and informed me of an emergency. He and several other of the dorm mates left, hurriedly. I tried to keep the remainder of the class calm and working on their assignments. It seemed that regardless, they became aware of the situation: that one of their classmates had hung himself in his dormitory. The boys who had left the class had hoped to stop him. Unfortunately, they arrived too late.
Although the reason is still unknown to me, as the article above references that it’s possible suicide is on the rise in China due to the surmounting pressure placed upon the one and only child. The one child policy causes enormous burdens for the child, all the way from childhood to adolescence and beyond. The article cites women as a rising group that commits suicide. In China, I don’t feel gender is such a major factor. A sense of shame, loss of face, homosexuality, lack of employment, or being unable to make ends meet have a more prominent role in suicide. As the article mentions, suicide is generally not a result of mental illness. It is rarely premeditated. This really makes it “unlike anywhere else in the world.”