High Pressure on Indian Students Linked to Rising Suicide Rates

Adolescents and young adults often face difficulties in living up to the expectations of their parents and older peers, but in some societies, this pressure is significantly increased. In India’s quickly developing economy, pressure to do well in school is becoming the source of great social concern, as a growing number of students succumb to mental health issues surrounding stress and disappointment, and commit suicide. The climbing rates may inspire both academic and state officials to develop better programs for supporting troubled students and teaching families about positive encouragement.

© Copyright 2009 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Teddy


    December 24th, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    It is not without a reason when President Obama urges our kids to concentrate on math and science giving the example of India. But as in any other matter, the fast development might well be pushing the students to the wall and this can have a big impact on their psychology.

  • grisham donovan

    grisham donovan

    December 24th, 2009 at 2:01 AM

    When students from the best universities of a country are commiting suicides regularly, and the numbers are only increasing every year, you know that there is a problem. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are some of the best institutes not only in India but in the whole of Asia, but the number of students commiting suicides in those institutes has risen over the years.

  • Shannon


    December 24th, 2009 at 7:30 AM

    Hasn’t this type of situation also been sited in the past in other Asian countries? While I do not think that this is unique to that part of the world I think that you will find rising rates of self inflicted harm anywhere among young adolescents when there is so much pressure put on them that they are never going to be able to live up to. And then chances are that if they are able to live up to it they are not going to be happy no matter their accomplishments because they have burned the candle at both ends for too long and they are just completely burned out.

  • T.Henry


    December 24th, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    A high expectation level, even more than in developing countries coupled with outlets for the students that help them relieve being far less than in the developed world is bound to lead to feeling of depression and othwer negative feelings and suicide is one of the results of such a thing.

  • shannon


    December 24th, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    I feel extremely bad when I hear of young people commiting suicide. They have a wonderful long life ahead of them but some of them decide to just throw it away…

  • Nicole


    December 25th, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Growing up I had a friend whose family was from India and she and her brother both were smart as whips but man did they ever get the pressure from their parents to be that way. It was like that was going to be their ticket to a better life, and while I know that to be true I always felt bad when they could not come hang out and just be teens because their parents were always on the to study harder and do more. I know that today they are both great successes and I certainly wish them all the best but I have sometimes wondered in the past at what cost they were able to achieve all of that.

  • demi


    December 28th, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    All work and no play makes any kid dull…parents need to understand that a little activity away from the books is also important for a child to have holistic growth and not grow up stuck to books and not have awareness about anything else.



    February 1st, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    hey guys this is humble request that plz stop commiting suicides if the youth of india comittes suicide than what about the future of india. I am also engg. student and like u i am also facing very hard stress but i m not performing that act. Each and every man has to face problems in their life but suicide is not solution of any problem. life is very beautiful and plz enjoy the life , god also give this life by this intention so enjoy the life…..

  • vision


    March 11th, 2010 at 7:16 AM

    I am too engg. student , i have lot more presure from teachers , parents and society which completely dearthens me , its like i am nothing but a engine which is good if gives higher efficiency , i was born in samll hill station and grew up there so i have great love for literature , panting and music which are mine source of inspiration to live life ,but at present i am not able to be in touch with those things which is affecting my performance in exam , i never got time to live a life but it doesnt mean i can never ; so dont give up hope every night is a begining of beautiful day.
    i will also have that beautiful day but t present i had to live my life with engg.

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