NYT explores links between perfectionism and suicide among undergraduates

July 29, 2015

Across the US, countless undergraduates are demoralized and filled with despair due to the pressures of overachieving, reports the New York Times. According to the latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate among 15- to 24-year-olds has increased steadily since 2007, from 9.6 deaths per 100,000 to 11.1 in 2013. While the increase might seem modest to some, the NYT adds that a survey of college counseling centres has found that more than half of these centres’ clients have “severe psychological problems.” A similar trend has been noted in Canada. The article adds that the pressure is being felt especially by young, high-achieving women who feel they are expected to be “effortlessly perfect” or “smart, accomplished, fit, beautiful, and popular, all without visible effort.” New York Times