I just learned of the suicide of a second teacher in our district in under three months. I had actually worked with this individual my first two years in the district.
Supposedly, teachers in general have a low rate of suicide. I know this is anecdotal, and not a trend, yet. But the stress of the job is very real. My workplace situation remains much better than at my previous school. Still, there is stress dealing with specific situations.
I am sad for those who took their lives, but we don’t know for sure what motivated them to do so.