In a dramatic turn of events, quick-thinking students from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) managed to prevent a fellow student from jumping off an eight-storey building. The harrowing incident unfolded on July 4, 2023, as the distraught student teetered on the edge of ending their life prematurely.
Captured on video and shared on Twitter by Voice of KNUST, the footage shows the desperate student clinging to the Brunei Complex while their concerned peers carefully held onto their hands. The student’s identity remains undisclosed, but it is believed that a note left behind suggested a battle with depression, with suicide seen as the only way out.
📍📍BREAKING NEWS 📍📍
A male student of KNUST attempted to commit suicide at the Brunie Complex. The student has been saved and well.
The actual cause of the attempt is yet unknown 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/D92GBxH6r4
— 𝐕𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐎𝐟 𝐊𝐧𝐮𝐬𝐭 (@VOICE_of_KNUST) July 4, 2023
The video sparked a range of reactions on Twitter, with some expressing concern about the alarming frequency of suicide attempts among university students. “@MarioGeeGangsta” voiced their distress, questioning the safety of students and their ability to simply attend classes, graduate, and return home unharmed.
However, @_randyhanson countered this perspective, emphasizing the immense pressures students face academically and personally. They highlighted the weight of expectations from home and the resulting feelings of inadequacy. Such struggles can be overwhelming, making it crucial to address the mental health challenges students encounter.
Another Twitter user, @Mrbuabeng_11, attributed the situation to the lack of guidance and counseling services both in educational institutions and society at large. While acknowledging the absence of adequate support, they firmly stated that taking one’s own life should never be viewed as a solution to any problem.
The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and support systems within educational environments. Universities and colleges should prioritize mental well-being, providing counseling services and fostering an atmosphere where students feel comfortable seeking help. The intervention by the KNUST students demonstrates the power of unity and compassion, reminding us that a collective effort can save lives and offer hope in the darkest of times.