In the article, “TDSB aware of 700 suicide attempts made by students in last school year”, the author depicts the increasing need for mental health strategies to be deployed across the school board. According to the article, about 700 suicide attempts were noticed by the board, but the actual amount may be marginally higher. To the Director of Education, Donna Quan, she feels that this amount should be concern to all the educators in the district. Corresponding to Quan, the TDSB monitors are closely monitoring suicide attempts by keeping record of students’ prolonged absences. Although Quan cannot say whether this amount is more than last year, it is still considered alarming and should be taken to notice. Quan said that the board needs to provide more counselling and a better view and perspective to depressed individuals to help bridge the gap in the conversation before it is too late. In the 700 suicide attempts, a significant number regarded high school students, while a minority regarded middle school students. There are currently 105 secondary schools and 451 elementary schools under TDSB jurisdiction, and the board is currently developing a suicide prevention plan.
However, a majority of suicide attempts are caused by the atmosphere of the learning environment, enclosing factors such as peers, instructors, guidance etc. A current action plan being put into action is “The Pledge to End Bullying”, which is a nationwide initiative to encourage students to sign a pledge which states that the end user “[Believes] that everybody has the right to live in a community where they feel safe, included, valued and accepted regardless of differences.” The end user must also “pledge to be respectful of others and stand up against bullying whenever and wherever [they] see it.”
However, philosophically, this attempt is futile, because of the nature of bullying. Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion, to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others, and is usually done repeatedly. However, this intimidation is required for development in individuals, such as learning to stand back, and stand up for their own values/beliefs. Without bullying, a rise in children which will be useless to the real world will factor in, because learning to stand up for your self is a life skill. In workplace environments, there will not be a suicide prevention plan, or any guidance, which requires the worker to stand up for themselves. There will always be another person stronger, or willing to be stronger, who will continue to bully.
The root to stop bullying is to promote good values for the children at the start. Bullies are usually the by-product of abusive family relationships, or they themselves being bullied in the past. In order to stop bullying, it is not the bullies who need to disappear, but the victims....