Suicide of a Student should necessitate a formal Review at least at the institution level

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We have recently lost one of our final year Medical student, Mr. Emanuel Samual Wesley who had committed suicide unable to bear Academic Stress and due to Poor Supportive Efforts. Furthermore, it is much worrying that the student had attempted suicide weeks earlier and treated in the same Teaching Hospital (Jaffna) where he had been attached for learning. 

In the aftermath of his Loss, we, as students and past students, strongly believe that these sort of suicides can be prevented by

  1. Comprehensive formal inquiries - at least at the institutional level. 
  2. A meaningful ‘Student Counseling System’ in contrast to a system of nominal student counselors.

Hence we urge that A Formal Review (Similar to Maternal Mortality Reviews) on such suicides to identify the events and factors which might have contributed for such suicide and it will help to find out the errors in the system and to rectify them to prevent further tragedies.

We firmly believe that the University Grand Commission (UGC) taking the lead would be credible and sustainable in Sri Lankan Higher education set-up.