That quote appears in an article in the Huffington Post, where C. Cryn Johannsen, a self-described “advocate for the indentured educated student” tries to make the connection between school loan debt, unemployment, and suicide.

Johannsen admits “[t]here have been no epidemiological studies attempting to find a correlation between student loan indebtedness and suicide or suicide attempts” but she points to a number of alarming anecdotes.

Without some statistics, it is hard to draw a straight line from student loan debt to suicide, but it definitely would not surprise me to learn that such a line exists, even if it detours through unemployment, depression, debt collection, and other factors.