According to the Huffington Post, correlating bullying to suicide is too simplistic. While they can be connected, there are other factors that contribute to a person’s decision to commit suicide.
Just focusing on the cause and effect of bullying could be harmful to developing a suicide prevention program because it leaves out other factors, such as mental illness, family problems or relationship problems, according to the article.
Ann Haas, a senior project specialist with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention told the Huffington Post that “bullying is so at the top of our consciousness that we’re bending over backwards to get it into the story. Years and years of research has taught us that the overwhelming number of people who die by suicide had a diagnosable mental disorder at the time of their death.”
Haas continues by saying “”I am very concerned about the narrative that these stories collectively are writing, which is that suicide is a normal, understandable response to this terrible [bullying] behavior.”
I agree. It will do no good if we let youth see suicide as a way out from a terrible [bullying] situation. By doing this, we will only make suicide OK if you are victimized.
But it is much more complicated and deep than this. We cannot simply look for a simple answer, as much as we would like to. Suicide is a complex thing and it is something we will never understand. We search for answers because it is easier to understand why he/she committed suicide then to keep questioning. But the truth is: no one will ever know fully why someone committed suicide- except the person who did it.
Giving suicide a simple justification will not do anybody any good since suicide is not a simple subject. In order to do any good and help prevent suicides, we need to be willing to look at all the factors, and not just focus on a scape goat.
In my opinion, suicide prevention is an essential program that needs to be implemented in every school across America. Together we need to show our youth that suicide is not the answer, but it will only make a difference in the program deals with every aspect of suicide.