2.46 Depression, lack of social support trigger suicidal thoughts in college students, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Jun. 28, 2010
Researchers who followed more than a thousand college students throughout their college years found that lack of social support was a strong predictor of suicidal thoughts and behavior. This was true even in the absence of other risk factors such as depression, exposure to domestic violence in childhood, and having a mother with depression. The researchers also found that students who reported thinking about suicide frequently were no more likely to attempt suicide than students who said they had thought about suicide just once. The findings emerge from the College Life Study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Read more about the College Life Study http://www.collegelifestudy.umd.edu/ResearChers.html