Though the article credits suicide prevention programs and counseling outreach for the decrease in suicidal ideation rates, ACSH s Dr. Gilbert Ross believes one important, and obvious, point is overlooked. Based on the statistics, it s clear that as drug prescriptions increased, suicidal thoughts decreased. Therefore, these psychotropic medications should also be credited with helping to decrease the rate of suicidal thoughts among college students. Unfortunately, many Americans believe we are needlessly over-medicating our children, but it s obvious that drugs are often times necessary to diminish the rate of mental illness.
There were insufficient data on actual suicide rates among college students to make any similar conclusions.