Mental health watchdog CCHR calls for investigation into rise in college suicides
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) isa non-profit mental health watchdog organization co-founded by the Church of Scientology and psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz.
According the Suicide Resource Prevention Center, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and a significant number of students have seriously considered taking their own lives.
The statistics being promoted are alarming with more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses each year, which equates to 2-3 suicide deaths every day.
But what is not being as widely promoted is the number of college students taking psychiatric drugs with many students arriving to campus already on an antidepressant.
An article in the New York Times highlighted this fact when they reported that from 1994 to 2006, the percentage of students treated at college counseling centers who were using antidepressants nearly tripled, from 9 percent to over 23 percent.
Suicide is a proven side effect of antidepressants and it is also known that the more drugs prescribed and the more psychiatric “treatment” made available the more suicides occur.
Yet the solutions that are being pushed to stem the tide of college suicides are access to more mental health programs, funding for such programs and drugs.
“An investigation needs to be held on the continual push for more money to fund mental health programs in our schools and the psychiatric drugging of students in this country and in our state,” said Diane Stein, President of the Florida chapter of CCHR.
“A good hard look needs to be taken at who is benefiting from this push as it certainly is not our children.” ■