This letter has reference to the incident that took place on October 12, 2010 where a student of University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, committed suicide. The deceased attributed his suicide to personal reasons. No further investigations were made by the official authorities and the incident was filed and promptly forgotten. This is not an isolated incident but one of many such tragic episodes in the past few years. It is a growing concern that so many young adults are committing suicide. In todays fast paced life, competition is so intense that mans primal instincts for survival of the fittest have taken over. Needless to say, stress has become a major part of our everyday life, particularly for students and young adults, who are striving for a better future. Furthermore, endemic poverty, corruption and limited opportunities for progression are just a few of the many depressing state of affairs that the youth- which makes up 63% of our population- has to face. It is, therefore, no surprise that frustration and disappointment are common in students. It is evident that this cry for help must not go unnoticed. In the western world, student counseling has become a legislative requirement for all educational institutes and is not taken lightly. Regular counseling sessions are provided to students and psychological support programs have become the norm. It is high time that the government of Pakistan take action. The higher education commission should initiate student counseling programs to address academic as well as all kinds of emotional and psychological issues encountered by students. This can be achieved by acquiring services of trained mental health advisors, psychotherapists and psychologists to support students to overcome their psychological problems and create awareness among them. By helping the students to better deal with the issues they have to face as adolescents, we can ensure that they become better adults, for the youth of today is the future of tomorrow. REHAB KHALID, Lahore, January 29.