The Ohio State mental health and suicide task force has come out with a list of recommendations after four people have fallen/jumped from campus garages in 19 months.
Three of those people died, one survived.
The Task Force also recommends:
- Promoting “A Culture of Care” on campus, which includes faculty proactively reaching out to students.
- Enhanced suicide screening procedures.
- Creation of a “warm line” for students. Different from a hotline- a “warm line” is intended for non-emergency, peer-to-peer support.
- Crisis hotline signage in every garage on campus
“We have resources available, but the most heartbreaking thing is when students don’t know those resources are at their fingertips,” said OSU Student Government President Shamina Merchant, per 10TV. “And there’s ways we continue to work to make sure that they are aware of those resources, and advancing the culture of care that we have on this campus to reduce stigma related to mental health. And make sure that we never have a situation where another student feels that they don’t have somebody to turn to.”
Earlier this week a student named Joshua Song fell/jumped from the Lane Avenue parking garage and died.
Daniel Birdsall, 19, a sophomore studying sociology, died after falling from the university’s Union South garage this past April.
Four days later, Kelly Denlinger, 35, a former student at Ohio State who last attended in 2007 fell from the same garage but survived.
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In February 2017, Madison Paul, 19, a first-year, pre-med neurosciences major from Zanesville, died after a fall at the garage. Officials later determined it was a suicide.
Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) by visiting ccs.osu.edu or calling 614-292-5766.
CCS is located on the 4th Floor of the Younkin Success Center and 10th Floor of Lincoln Tower.
You can reach an on call counselor when CCS is closed at 614-292-5766 and 24 hour emergency help is also available through the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.View full Suicide and Mental Health Task Force recommendation report here