When your adolescent student repeatedly says his life sucks and he plans to kill himself why would you just brush it off and say ”keep trying”?

i mean what with the hundreds of cases of jr. high school (ages 12-15) kids commiting suicide over the past several years one would think teachers would take these ”clues” more seriously.
one-liner replies like「がんばれ」”try your best”

try your best to what? what a reply.

yeah i know parents ought to know what's going on but sometimes kids feel like opening up to a teacher or counselor so as not to worry/burden their parents.

Updates:
the government made schools implement a communication notebook that for students to let teachers know how they are feeling emotionally/mentally
so, in the notebook the kid tried to shed light on his situation in more than 20 entries over the course of several months and even said that he had decided when and how he would kill himself but the teacher never called the kid's family or anything.

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  • He probably meant: you have to work yourself through the difficult times, which we all have.
    But wise would have been to ask what was his or her main worry, and listen. This could help the person to stop feeling alone with his or her trouble.
    And indeed... unfortunately Coco here in Belgium - and is Western Europe as a whole - we have the same experience. Many young people step out of life :-(

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    • Thanks for the most helpful Coco :-)
      Unfortunately not the happiest story :-(

What Guys Said 5

  • I see "try your best" a lot in anime. I didn't know that phrase was a thing.

    I think they are brushing it off because they are conditioned to. Doesn't it seem un-Japanese to coddle a student?

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  • There situation is turning out to be a tragedy in some Asian countries which include china, japan and south korea. I am sure you are aware of the competition and pressure to succeed in academics and jobs which is causing the kids to take their own lives. Sadly there is only little anybody can do about it. The only remedy for this is socialism wherein people might not end up being successful as they desire but would be satisfied with their lives. Any amount of counseling can help only to a certain extent, the rot runs deep and unfortunately this is all part of evolution of race.

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  • Almost been there COCO. "Just keep trying" can be translated "You are pissing on our parade!" A dismissive statement, not reassurance.

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  • 映画自殺サークルを見ればこの問題についてもっと理解できると思うよ。

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  • I bet those two words are not all that was said.

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    • actually it wasn't verbal but in notebooks

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    • Only you can figure that out and excuses won't heal your conscience when you see his body but knowing you did everything in your power might let you sleep at night.

    • it was on the news...

What Girls Said 3

  • It seems like the parents and a school counselor should be alerted if nothing else. Empty platitudes seem negligent at very least.

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  • Jr high is 7th to 8th grade here. But maybe he meant try your hardest to make it in life and not kill yourself.

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  • i would not just brush it off.

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