A ‘New York Times’ article recently shared the story of Kathryn DeWitt—a 20-year-old student at the University of Pennsylvania who has struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts despite keeping up the facade that she was sailing through college with ease. DeWitt is one of many students maintaining the ‘duck effect’: appearing to glide smoothly while paddling furiously underneath. Though the suicide rate has only increased slightly among college-aged students since 2007, experts believe social media may be exacerbating the problem—after all, it’s only natural to compare yourself to your peers, especially when they appear to be managing their stress so effortlessly. If you or someone you know is struggling with similar issues, don’t delay seeking support. Meet with a school counselor or talk to someone via a counseling hotline service, such as the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK. Can you relate to the ‘duck effect’? Feel free to share in the comments.


Science of Us: Can ‘Duck Syndrome’ Help Explain College Suicides?