UMY students commit suicide due to depression, BEM UMY highlights this

TIME.CO, Yogyakarta – University of Yogyakarta Muhammadiyah Student Family Executive Committee (BEM KM UMI) highlights the death of an 18-year-old MS student, who allegedly committed suicide in the girls’ dormitory of UMY, Bantul, on Monday morning, October 2, 2023.

SM, a first-semester student at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, died after falling from the fourth floor because he was suspected of suffering from severe depression. BEM President KM UMY Muhammad Adam said the campus must improve so that this incident does not happen again.

“From the case (the student fell to his death), we see the importance of cultural change integrating mental health into the academic environment,” BEM KM UMY President Muhammad Adam said on Wednesday, October 3, 2023.

The day before the victim’s death, SM had expressed to his friends his desire to end his life. The student from Bandar Lampung also dared to take up to 20 headache medications, which rushed her to hospital on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

The campus and UMY student counselor, Sebaya, had previously provided psychological assistance to SM when they discovered that the student had mental health issues.

Adam believes that the existing model of MS psychological care is not yet optimal in preventing MS people from ending their lives. Because, he saw that the model applied by the campus in providing psychological assistance was limited only to an approach between the campus institution and the victim and the student counseling institution and the victim.

“This aspect of care for people with mental health problems needs to be done more massively, not only targeting the affected person, but also their immediate environment. This way they can more effectively prevent unwanted actions” , Adam said.

Education about the importance of maintaining mental health, Adam said, cannot just happen between teaching and learning activities or between classes on campus, but must touch deeper areas of student life.

“Start tracking at the start. “The follow-up not only affects the person who needs to be managed, but also the environment is managed by the closest circle of the targeted individual,” Adam said.


Adam also said an assessment of areas that could endanger the victim is needed. When the mental condition is unstable, the victim must be in a safe area to avoid unwanted accidents.

Adam called for campuses to be obligated to make it easier for students to feel safe and comfortable while studying.

Editor’s Note:

Don’t underestimate depression. For assistance with psychiatric crises or suicide prevention:

Jakarta Health Service provides FREE psychologists for residents who wish to have mental health consultations. There are 23 free consultation locations in 23 health centers in Jakarta with BPJS.

Online consultations can be done via and, if necessary, you can schedule a follow-up consultation with a psychologist at Puskesmas.

In addition to the DKI Health Office, you can also contact the following institutions for advice:
Pulih Foundation: (021) 78842580.
Ministry of Health mental health hotline: (021) 500454
NGO Don’t commit suicide: (021) 9696 9293

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