Another Suicide…….

I have just heard that another young man locally has taken his own life.

He had just returned to college to do his second year in medicine.

Another mother is distraught and looking for reasons.

The news has reverberated around the community.  It filled the discussions at a local wedding.

His Facebook page showed a sociable, happy young man, enjoying his course.  He was a SUCCESS.

He attended the same school as my daughter’s boyfriend and my children.  He went to the same university.  Both were ‘achieving’.

I am about to start teaching a course developing the academic practice of university lecturers.  But it seems so trivial when faced with the enormity of this crisis of masculinity.

Will this be the last one or will we witness another ‘season of suicide’?

We have seen these seasons before.  Last year Galway witnessed 5 suicides in one weekend.  In 2002 the town of Enniscorthy in County Wexford was traumatised when 5 men committed suicide over an 8 day period, three of them dying in one weekend.  All died by putting themselves in the local river.

‘Normal’ life, of course, continues, but no longer feels normal.

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One thought on “Another Suicide…….

  1. Very tragic. Good to see you’re raising these issues in the context of academic practice. What does ‘achieving’ mean? Where do our responsibilities as academics start and end. I’ve been mentoring 1st year medical students for a couple of years…. Medical educaiton is a tough long road, where the challenge of coping with the demands is often a very private matter – they’re preparing for a profession where maintaining an aura of uber competence is all important. Student health (counselling) services will tell you medical students don’t want to be seen darkening their door.

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