The death of Kristel Tejada, a student of the University of Manila who committed suicide allegedly due to her inability to settle her account with the said university, has sparked many arguments about the state of education in our country, about poverty, and about the emotional state of today’s youth.
While many blame the current system of the University of the Philippines, there are those who believe that this problem alone should not have pushed Tejada to take her own life. This incident has raised questions on whether poverty is an excuse to commit suicide.
Although researchers have documented a link between socioeconomic status and mental health, there are no conclusive evidences that point to poverty as the cause of suicide. What research shows is that those with low socioeconomic status are more likely to suffer from anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, and depression.
So, does this mean that poverty is an excuse to commit suicide? If it is, then more than a fourth of our country’s citizens have a justifiable reason to take their own lives. Poverty may bring about anxiety due to financial problems and emotional insecurities but this should never be an excuse to commit suicide – there really is no excuse for giving up and taking your own life.
Many have gone through hand-to-mouth existence yearning to shop komplete 8 and many other wants but are never able to. Most live the rest of their lives in dire need and resign themselves to a life of poverty. Others strive to overcome their circumstances and work hard to succeed in life. Proof of this is the thousands of outstanding citizens in various fields who have overcome poverty and made a name for themselves.