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ACADEMIC WAYS OF STOPPING SUICIDE IN NIGERIAN SCHOOLS

With the increasing rate of suicide amongst youths and teenagers who are all students of one school or the other, there’s a need for school management to know how to handle and stop suicide cases. Here are some methods through which suicide could be stopped in school.

IDENTIFICATION OF STUDENTS

 In a school, there are a handful of student’s who are at risk of committing suicide due to various circumstances which the student might be facing either at school or at home. It is important that a school tries identifying such students and provide help for them.

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GUIDIANCE AND COUNSELING :

 A school shouldn’t be complete without this department. And in this department, their job is to listen and prefer solutions to every problems faced by any student. Students are at times liable to run into problems which could not be solved from home but is the duty of those in this department to guide the student from taking wrong steps and counsel them in the way things should be.

STUDENT AND TEACHER RELATIONSHIP :

 To know what is going through the minds of the students, it is necessary that a student – teacher relationship is being established in a school. Students go through a lot of issues both at home and at school ,while they try looking for who time talk to , they find it difficult to which may lead to depression and then suicide. Therefore, teacher’s should make themselves available at any time they are needed by the students.

ENSURING EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING :

 The school management must see to the emotional and mental well being of all the students as this is important in making sure that the students are capable of handling any negative thoughts. The mental and emotional capacity of the students must be developed as this will be helpful when they are all alone by themselves to face challenges.

RESPONSE TO CASES :

When cases of suicide comes up from within the school environment, the response of the management of the school matters a lot. The response to such cases might determine either to encourage or discourage students from committing suicide. The school management needs to show and prove that they care for their students.

DEEPER KNOWLEDGE OF STUDENTS

Teacher’s need to take out time to have deeper knowledge about their students. Besides class activities, teachers must take interest in every aspect of the lives of the lives of their students. Asides academics, there are other aspects to every student ranging from relationship, family etc. A good teacher must have interest in every of this aspects so as to know what area the student is needing help.

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PERIODIC MOTIVATION :

 Periodically, seminars or symposiums should be organized by the school management. Such symposiums should motivate the students discourage them from thinking about committing suicide and giving them ideas of what to when the thoughts come. With this, the students can manage their thoughts, fights against suicide themselves. Though this, they also get to know who they really are.

ESTABLISHING STUDENT CLUB :

When there is a club in the school which it’s purpose is to gather students facing similar problems and are all depressed, it helps in a lot of ways. It ensures  connectedness amongst students with the same emotional trauma. It brings depressed students together, making them engaged heart to heart talk, engaging and encouraging themselves. With that a student knows that he/ she is not the only person facing such issues.

FAIRNESS WITH ALL STUDENTS :

 Students get affected when others are chosen over them because they don’t do well academically. It is a popular at in shoots when comparison is made between students based on their academic performance. Teachers are fond of openly speaking I’ll of students with bad grades while those with good grades are praised. It discourages them.

When these points are followed, suicide attempts in school should be reduced. It will encourage other than depressing.

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