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Suicide Rates

vinny77vinny77 Posts: 171- Junior Member
edited September 2010 in College Life
Does anybody know where i can find info on the Suicide rates at certain schools, maybe a ranking list/ I am doing a research paper on College students and suicide for my psychology class
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  • socalnicksocalnick Posts: 253Registered User Junior Member
    i think mit has like the highest suicide rate in the nation.
  • VTBoyVTBoy Posts: 580Registered User Member
    Suicide rates for college students is extremely bad. You are far more likly to take your own life in college than be murdered, or die in some accident.
  • shelly147shelly147 Posts: 51Registered User Junior Member
    I really doubt the information you want, rates at specific schools, is published anywhere. If the schools don't have to release that, the chances that they would anyway are really low. Also, by publishing rates for "certain schools", you're confusing location with causation. There have been a higher-than-average number of student deaths at NYU lately, but they all had causes that weren't just "the stress of college" (One had a huge fight with her boyfriend, one fell off a balcony because she was drunk, I believe) While the stress of college certainly doesn't help things, its not the only reason people kill themselves. A higher number of student suicides doesn't necessarily mean the school is more stressful (though with MIT supposedly topping the list, its a tempting assumption to make), it more likely means that school happened to have a high number of kids that year who had some big issues for whatever reason (relationship drama, trouble at home) that are beyond the cause of the college. If you're doing a paper on colleges IDENTIFYING depression (whatever the cause) and treating it, that might be a better focus than "the college is causing them to kill themselves!"

    Also, I think that the high percentage of suidide-related deaths applies to the entire age range (18-25, I think?), NOT just college students. It just happens to be that during the most turbulent emotional time in our lives, we're at college. That kinda sucks for the college, but what can you do
  • poison.ivypoison.ivy Posts: 496Registered User Member
    I find MIT scary... NYC also has high rates. A girl back in 2001 (2000?) set herself on fire in her dorm rooms... just thinking what was could have been like for her at that very moment.... :(
  • cool0215cool0215 Posts: 307Registered User Junior Member
    From what I heard, Cornell has the highest suicide rate. Cornell accepts students so easily for ED, including dumb students. Besides, Cornell is the most demanding school of the Ivies. Even harsher than Harvard. There are several valleys around the school campus suitable for suicide. Students used to jump off and just end their lives.
  • norcalguynorcalguy Posts: 7,541Registered User Senior Member
    That is actually false. Cornell's suicide rate is below the national average.

    Yes, Cornell academics is demanding but it doesn't take much to be "harsher" than Harvard.
  • kinetickinetic Posts: 470Registered User Member
    I heard that, although its curriculum is very demanding, Cornell is not harder than most of the other top schools in the country (such as MIT). I can't say anything about Harvard because I don't know too much about it...........
  • jenskate1jenskate1 Posts: 1,391Registered User Senior Member
    I have read that college student suicide rates, while a problem, are much lower than suicide rates for the elderly. It is interesting that the media chooses to focus so much more on adolescent suicide rates, given this fact.
  • poison.ivypoison.ivy Posts: 496Registered User Member
    Most elderly suicides are the result of euthansia.
  • VTBoyVTBoy Posts: 580Registered User Member
    Active Euthanasia is illegal in the United States. Euthanasia that that is done in the U.S is passive which is not considured Suicide.
  • 12121212 Posts: 26Registered User New Member
    "Suicide rates for college students is extremely bad. You are far more likly to take your own life in college than be murdered, or die in some accident"

    in the US and some oriental nations that holds true for all situations, not just college
  • protonproton Posts: 1,021Registered User Senior Member
    just a couple of weeks ago some dude at my school (ucsd) shot himself to death
  • soccer_guy472soccer_guy472 Posts: 1,002Registered User Member
    Whoa whoa whoa...Cornell does not take "even dumb ones" or "so many."

    Their applicant pool and accepted students, in my opinion, is closest to the University of Chicago. Everyone assumes because they are an Ivy, they suck because they don't hover around 10% acceptance rate. But they DO have 8 different schools, and the acceptance rate you see is the schools together. Take just Arts and Sciences, for example, and it's closer to the other Ivies.

    Also, Cornell did have a high suicide rate for a while, but they started a new counseling program in around 2000 I think, and since then they haven't had a single suicide.

    And yeah - they are one of the most demanding. As for Harvard - they pretty much give out grades.
  • ohmadreohmadre Posts: 587Registered User Member
    BaHk0 - Don't think that is true about Dartmouth.
  • burgler09burgler09 Posts: 1,386Registered User Senior Member
    I'm guessing the higher asian populations have higher suicide rates.
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