Apparent suicides at NC State highlight growing need for mental health resources
RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) — It’s another dark week for NC State as the university has confirmed that four students have now died by suicide since the semester began.
The latest, according to the university, occurred this week at a student housing complex.
As the university copes, the need for mental health resources increases, while access remains scarce.
“It’s just devastating,” said NC State sophomore Madeline Evans.
“[Mental health resources on campus are] really supported,” she said. “I haven’t looked for them because I know I won’t be seen for a while.”
A statement from the university tells students they are coming together, “pouring in all resources…available to reach…students in need.”
“You have a lot more students who need help than they can provide,” added Fonda Bryant, a Gastonia-based mental health and suicide prevention advocate.
Bryant said that while we need to focus on providing help on a larger scale, like increased funding and opportunities to get help off campus, there are simple things we can do. we can take to recognize the clues that could prevent future suicides.
His QPR training highlights verbal and behavioral cues, along with other key signs, that may indicate suicidal thoughts.
“It’s not even the training I do, it’s just watching people and being nice,” she said. “‘How are you today? Are you okay? Are you okay?'”
Bryant encourages everyone to take training or contact her. More information on its December 10 session can be found below.
In the meantime, the school stressed that it was creating a task force to reach out to the community, and that it was looking at what it was doing with mental health services and looking to improve in various ways. .
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