Suicide is a leading cause of death for young people, but most universities don’t track it – CBC

CBC News investigation finds that over 70% of universities don’t track student suicides

May 16, 2024

Marien de Freitas has seen one too many friends die by suicide.

De Freitas started at the University of Waterloo in the fall of 2020, right at the peak of the pandemic. Classes were all online, and the isolation amplified anxiety and other mental health issues for her and other students.

By the end of that school year, one of her friends had taken their own life, and she had witnessed another student’s suicide attempt. But even as students grieved and sought an open discussion, she says there was little acknowledgement from the university.

“After it happened, nothing really changed,” de Freitas told CBC News. “Everyone’s expected to go back to normal life, and the school can’t even acknowledge that some students didn’t even survive last exam season.”

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