21-year-old Turkish student dies by suicide in university cafeteria

A 21-year-old university student dying by suicide in a cafeteria on the Eskişehir Anadolu University campus sparked outrage on social media as youth organizations said it was due to economic problems. However, the prosecutor's office argued that the student "clearly stated in their note that they did not commit suicide for economic reasons."

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A 21-year-old student at Central Anatolian Eskişehir Anadolu University on Oct. 15 died by suicide in a campus cafeteria. 

The incident was revealed when another student found the deceased student on the upper floor of the dining hall and informed the authorities. 

Various youth organizations stated that the student killed themself due to economic problems and left behind a note explaining this situation.

Nonetheless, the Eskişehir Chief Public Prosecutor's Office claimed that the deceased student "clearly stated in the note that their death was not related to his economic situation."

In a brief statement released by the university where the student was enrolled, the use of the term "unfortunate incident" instead of referring to the student's suicide has also garnered criticism.

The students on Oct. 16 organized a protest at the university to draw attention to the increasing suicide rate among young people.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker Ayça Taşkent previously stated that the number of people who died by suicide between 2002 and 2022 reached 65,545 and pointed out that nearly 6,000 of them were due to economic reasons. Taşkent stated that the age group that died by suicide the most was young people between the ages of 20-24.