Cornell University Students Commit Suicide
Students at Cornell University are dealing with the tragic deaths of three classmates in the past month. Alone. These students are suspected of committing suicide by jumping off the bridges that span the gorges on Cornell’s campus.
This brings the total number of student suicides at Cornell up to six this year alone. In response to this shocking trend, campus guards have been placed on these bridges to prevent more students from jumping.
Cornell has long been known as a “suicide school,” due to the rocky gorges that surround campus and that students have to cross daily. However, in the last ten decades, this nickname has become very accurate. Cornell suffers almost as many suicides per year as the national average, with 7.5 each year for every 100,000 students. Cornell has a student population of 20,000, but with six suicides already, they are quickly on their way to surpassing the annual average. These suicides are largely blamed on stress and depression.
Cornell is starting an outreach effort: Staff members are contacting every student to check on their emotional welfare, counselors are offering more services, and professors have been instructed to encourage students to take academic stressors in moderation. A special “Lift Your Spirits” ceremony has been planned for students who want to gather and remember those who have died.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these Cornell students. If you are experiencing stress or think you are suffering from depression, please seek help from a professional counselor or someone you trust.
Via The Independent