UNC Chapel Hill cancels classes amid suicide fears, mental health crisis

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The university said it would create a special support network for students, teachers

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The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill announced it would cancel classes for 30,000 of its undergraduate and graduate students Tuesday after an investigation into possible suicide by campus police and what they believe to be a suicide over the weekend. was attempted.

In a letter to the university, UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said the school was in the midst of a mental health crisis, noting that college-aged students “carry an increased risk of suicide.”

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“This crisis has directly affected members of our community – especially with the passing of two students on campus last month. As the chancellor, a professor and a parent, my heart breaks for all of them. Whose suffering goes unnoticed.” he has written.

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Guskiewicz explained that the decision to make Tuesday a “welfare day” was informed by conversations with student and faculty leaders over the weekend.

“Classes will be canceled. I encourage each student to use this time to relax and check-in with each other that day. Contact a friend, classmate, or coworker and ask them, ‘Honestly Se, how are you doing?’” he urged.

In addition, the chancellor said UNC would create a “specialized support network” from Tuesday and throughout the week — drawing on the University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Medicine and the School of Social Work — and convene later in October. In a “Mental Health Summit”.

“Faculty, staff, students and campus leaders must work together to address this national crisis,” Guskiewicz said.

In the coming weeks, the leader said a Heels Care Network campaign will be launched to promote and support mental health awareness, in which people can report information about someone they think has helped. need.

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“The most important thing we can do is to take care of each other, and I hope you continue to do so on Tuesday, and for the rest of this year and beyond. Remember, to overcome this crisis Our caring Carolina community is our best asset. Together,” he concluded.

Students are encouraged to contact Counseling and Psychological Services, ns dean of students team or student welfare and faculty and staff support are advised to contact employee assistance program.

WRAL. According to, parents are holding a rally in support of students at UNC’s The Pit on Thursday between 11 a.m. EDT and 3 p.m. EDT, and the events followed a meeting of UNC’s Faculty Executive Committee on Monday afternoon.

The Daily Tar Heel said on Sunday that it would working on a “short schedule”.

The station said UNC Police Department crime logs show investigators received calls at around 3 a.m. on Sunday about a suicide attempt at Granville Towers South and the death of a student who lived at Hinton James Residence Hall on Saturday morning .

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 34. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Suicides have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, the agency told.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Crisis Text Line (text START to 741-741).


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