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Experts call on schools to do more to prevent teen suicide

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 14 2020   /  01:15 am

News of a tragic incident at a high school in Cibubur, East Jakarta, in January has brought the issue of teen suicide into the spotlight — a topic rarely discussed by the public or in schools.A student reportedly jumped from the fourth floor of the school building in an apparent suicide attempt and was immediately rushed to Kramat Jati Hospital to receive medical treatment but passed away two days later.Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) commissioner Retno Listyarti said it was not the first case of reported student suicide in Jakarta, citing a suspected suicide at a high school in Pademangan, North Jakarta, around three months earlier.A 2018 study by Nova Riyanti Yusuf from the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA) found that 5 percent of high school students in Jakarta had suicidal thoughts, and that 3 percent had attempted to commit suicide.“It’s a very ...