Suicidal Ideation Among Tertiary Students In Online Learning Environment During Covid-19 Pandemic

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Online learning is a necessity for students during the Covid-19 pandemic, but it also comes with challenges that may lead to feeling despair and depressed, and eventually suicidal ideation among students. This study looked at suicidal ideation caused by online learning among Universiti Selangor (UNISEL) Communication Department students during the pandemic. Specifically, it looked to determine the impact of online learning to students during the pandemic; to identify factors that influence students to suicidal ideation during online learning; and to analyse possible solutions to prevent suicidal ideation among students. The data was gathered using a Google Form questionnaire and received 160 respondents among UNISEL Communication Department students using purposive non-probability sampling. From the data, the study found that online learning impacted the students in many ways such as not interested in studies anymore, struggled to stay focused on the screen for long time periods, felt isolated from social circles and activities as more time are spent online. Most also agree that that online learning influenced students to suicide ideation. It also found that among others, that isolation caused by online learning, poor facilities and accessibility and economic stress at home are factors that influenced students towards suicidal ideation. Some of the solutions suggested were to strengthen financial support in the family, motivation from friends and family, counselling and mentor mentee session with students, suicide awareness campaign, active participation in social and fun activities.

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31 October 2022

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978-1-80296-958-0

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European Publisher

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Ramasamy, H., Shaharuddin, A. A., & Hj Elmi, D. D. (2022). Suicidal Ideation Among Tertiary Students In Online Learning Environment During Covid-19 Pandemic. In H. H. Kamaruddin, T. D. N. M. Kamaruddin, T. D. N. S. Yaacob, M. A. M. Kamal, & K. F. Ne'matullah (Eds.), Reimagining Resilient Sustainability: An Integrated Effort in Research, Practices & Education, vol 3. European Proceedings of Multidisciplinary Sciences (pp. 501-510). European Publisher. https://doi.org/10.15405/epms.2022.10.48