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Why young people succumb to thoughts of death

Adults, especially parents, need to convey to them that they are worthy just as they are

A young man once walked into my clinic with his father without making an appointment. He looked serious and his father, worried.

He told me that the previous night, he had hung out with his friends from his old school and on returning home to his flat on the eighth floor where he lived with his parents, he felt a tinge of regret. He had dropped out of school and a deep sadness overwhelmed him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2018, with the headline 'Why young people succumb to thoughts of death'. Subscribe