A bizarre incident took place in MP’s Betul district where a class 9 student committed suicide after missing a school bus. The child took this step apparently due to being upset over missing his school bus, police said on Tuesday.
The incident took place on Monday at Aamdoh village under the Ghodadongri police post located 40 km away from the Betul district headquarters.
Ghodadongri police post-in-charge Ravi Shakya said, “A 14-year-old boy, who was the student of class 9 in a private school, committed suicide by hanging on Monday.”
He said the boy had left him home for school but missed the bus. “His family members told the police that he was very punctual about attending his school. He was upset after he missed the bus,” the police officer said.
His family members said he came back home crying on Monday. The uncle of the deceased boy said he was very good at his academics.
The incident shows that often the teenagers take such extreme steps under pressure from their parents to excel in their studies. While most of the time too much exposure to social media also may trigger such tendencies in teenagers.
“When we speak about children’s mental health it’s important to focus on helping them inculcate life skills and build resilience to be able to cope with difficult experiences. Supporting them by providing access to the right kind of information, engaging with them to be informed about what they are thinking and how they are processing situations, being attuned to their moods and experiences, creating an environment where they can share and discuss is critical to their well-being. They need to give a balanced perspective on the importance of all facets of life – academics, behaviour, relationships, attitudes, extra-curricular activities, recreation, and media. Disengaging from cycles of anger and blame when children make mistakes, don’t focus or follow routines deemed to be important by the adults around them is a necessity to ensure there is conversation and dialogue around the challenges that children may experience and novel solutions arrive at which they too are motivated to engage in. While an emphasis needs to be laid on having good routines in place, it’s also important that all stakeholders – peers, parents, schools – be informed about the varying indicators of mental health-related problems in children so early intervention can be engaged in if there is a problem being experienced by a child. Overall, it is also crucial that if any signs of a mental health-related problem are noticed adults around the child actively listen, provide support, and connect the child to the right expert at the earliest,” said Kamna Chhibber, Head, Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare.