This past week, I saw a news story about a freshman at Penn State University who, on the first day of classes, climbed a tall construction crane and fell to his death. It was ruled a suicide.
No one may ever know why this bright and likeable young man chose to end his life. These types of stories are all too common on today's college campuses. The difficult part about detecting depression and other psychological issues among college students is exacerbated by the students' separation from their families' most times sensitive and overseeing eyes.