This developed in the wake of the Deepcut inquiry and, in my view, is not a bad thing.
However, one of the less than pleasant aspects is that I have to investigate, as far as possible and in as sensitive a manner as possible, whether attempted suicides by students have anything to do with their life at the college.
Clearly then, one has to discover the root cause of such attempts and most of the reasons eventually given causes one to worry about the standard of individual our society produces these days.
No disrespect to the individuals concerned, but some of the explanations demonstrate a very low, to almost non-existant, threshold of resiliance and what an American author, D. A. Benton, if I recall correctly, called "intestinal fortitude", also known as guts, determination etc.
A simple resistance to and willingness to overcome, adversity.
Events which, whilst unpleasant, trying and maybe even mildly traumatic, are the sort of thing that I, as a young man and my generation would have dismissed, other than to mark down to experience, are the root cause of an increasingly profligate sub-culture of, for want of a further synonym, self-termination, in a frightening demonstration of the perceived lack of value of the individual's life.
I suspect that in this present, risk averse society where everybody has rights and nobody has responsibilities, we are developing a generation with the inner strength of a piece of wet tissue paper and I wonder where this is leading.
In a society where exams cannot be failed, merely not so highly graded. Where the mere word "fail" is a concept denied, or at least, it seems, outmoded in the seemingly inexorable march of "Somebody Elses Problem". Dare we even use the word "achievement" now?
Who is it that is charged with the task of instilling some backbonein our up and coming generation? How long will it be before the simplest of decisions (and the justification that goes with them) are devolved, delegated, avoided and classified as "SEP"?
I know this is a fairly negative view and I have to say that such instances are less than common BUT, they are becoming more common, in my experience, as our society becomes ever more cossetting and devoid of reality.
Just a thought, and up for discussion if anybody feels inclined.
I think I need the "mellow thread"