I can definitely relate to the issue presented in this article. As a person who suffers from clinical depression myself, I can see how the pressures of undergraduate or graduate studies can drive some people to suicide.
The numbers are particularly troubling. With 1,100 students committing suicide per year, that amounts to about 3 per day. As a war veteran (a group sustaining 22 suicides per day) I can relate to those stresses as well. It amounts to a lot of issues that often go unaddressed by teachers or administrators.
All in all, teachers have the best ability to curb issues by working with students on deadlines, major assignment progress checks, and all aound caring for them and their lives watcher than just a number or letter on a page. So far, I have been very pleased with the UAF Dept. of Education in this regard. Thank you.