Have you read recently about the increase in suicide among college students? It's concerning. The photo at the left is a traveling exhibition by Active Minds, an advocacy group. It consists of 1,100 backpacks representing the approximate number of undergraduates who commit suicide each year. Photo Credit Activeminds.org
There's so much pressure on college students to succeed, to measure up to external expectations. Suicides among college students is increasing, as reported in the New York Times. The Times describes young adults struggling to meet their parents' expectations about getting into "the right college," and once there, feeling pressure because there always seem to be other students who are prettier, have more friends, go to cooler parties, get better grades.
Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University described her concerns about how helicopter parents demand perfectionism, demand success, but don't teach their children how to fail. Lythcott-Haims says she watched the collision of these two social forces up close.