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Parents and friends describe Tyler Clemente is a -- eighteen year old a talented violinist and a fine young man but after Tyler's roommate.
At Rutgers University allegedly streamed a live sexual encounter.
From his dorm room.
And posted about it online Tyler took his life and many experts.
Say this suicide is often linked with such public humiliation we're joined now by JoAnne -- -- Spokesperson for the American federation of suicide prevention and doctor Jeffrey Lieberman chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University thank you so much for being here -- -- start with you.
Because I think -- that.
The common wisdom we tend to think that suicide is the result of a depression but some research suggests.
It is often preceded by a public humiliation and that certainly seems to be the case this tragic case with Tyler.
What is if it's so devastating.
We'll certainly we know that something like a public Camilla humiliation or bullying can be precipitating factor in a suicide.
What we need to keep in mind though is that what the research shows is that more than 90% of people who take their own lives have some sort of underlying.
A psychiatric condition at the time of their death not necessarily diagnosed.
But that the humiliation alone is probably not enough to precipitate this -- so it -- -- what you're saying is that all of us suffer public humiliation at some point particularly when we're young.
But some people are more susceptible to more vulnerable to a and it hits them harder that's right there may be an underlying vulnerability and it's really important to remember too that the vast majority of people who experiencing humiliation of course don't go -- to take their online.
That Ellison and it's important -- college youth are right -- -- sweet spot of psychological vulnerability.
So their brains are still forming.
Emotionally they're still maturing and their thrust for the first time out of the home situation without their support of their parents and family.
-- a situation -- -- Act like adults and academic stresses and you now have this added.
Element too in addition to the socialization.
-- which it's a rite of passage to be humiliated or to have.
The difficult situations even bullying it's not happening in the school -- -- more on the college campus is happening on the Internet which plays without an amplifies its effects.
Yes and that's -- -- a perfect storm I mean between the Internet between webcams.
Between all the social networking the opportunities for public humiliation.
Are so much greater then they were when we were all in college.
-- this is this is this.
You know unspeakable tragedy is really sort of the technological equivalent of children playing -- parents firearms they don't know what the consequences are they're doing what's now available to people for the first time in human history.
-- -- -- -- -- I'm a college age is the age at which psychiatric mental -- film has vulnerabilities first begin to emerge.
OK but I think the public humiliation I mean all of us as parents know that evening grammar school.
Our kids can come home and something happened on the playground and they're embarrassed what do we do for our kids beating middle school students or college students who feel that they've suffered some sort of public humiliation.
Yeah well as parents what you wanna do is trust your instinct because -- lay people we are not equipped to make any sort of diagnosis about whether this humiliation may be linked to some greater risk.
What we are -- to do though is to trust our instincts and to get our children to professional help if we think that's what would be required so with the situation at school is going on.
That is worrisome and also you're noticing changes in your child's behavior.
Changes in their eating patterns changes in their sleeping.
They're becoming increasingly socially isolated where before they were socially very interactive their grades are declining you want to be looking to see.
Whether you need some additional help.
Especially -- -- -- something we can say to our children to make them feel better that this too shall pass well we can but more importantly I think schools need to play more proactive role so colleges.
-- college age is an age we know that there's going to be increased frequency of so a psychiatric events and also the potential for -- activity to these kinds of social humiliations which can lead to tragic consequences.
So not a health service may be more proactive.
They need to be more vigilant -- provide more support and this can even extend out into.
High school and secondary school boy.
Actually read because -- as parents of college kids do we don't Nestle and no.
What's happening on the cause -- you may be thousands of miles away from your child as -- -- I have you know kindergarten.
-- -- -- kids so for middle school in -- is anything that we can do to tell our kids to buck up I -- you know sort of the stiff upper -- about humiliation.
Well that this has to do with sort of the developmental psychology children are quite resilient all children go through a process where your kids are cruel.
They -- nasty pranks on them.
And they can be unspeakable -- insensitive but kids are resilient they kind of brush it off I mean if they're sustained abusive physical.
Bullying that's different but most of it is like you say a rite of passage but.
When you get into the adolescent.
And college age.
And it changes -- kids are not to Wear them tend to amplify these things you can do exaggerated and -- -- more impulsive and they can act as tiger did unfortunately.
Hard so it yet another is be on the lookout for any of these signs and red flag to try to get your kid some help John -- and doctor Jeffrey Lieberman thanks so much for coming into discuss this issue.
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