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“Warm line” part of OSU suicide Task Force recommendation report

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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.

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Friday Feel Good: Watch soldier surprise his family at CBJ game

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Grab the tissues because you'll be crying happy tears after this video of a local soldier surprising his family after deployment.

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During Military Appreciation Night at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, Dale Burke and her kids Katie, Leo, and Aubrey were playing an in-game contest. They were tasked with choosing a mystery prize behind the curtain or $100 in cash. They chose the mystery prize.

The stakes were raised when they were offered $200 in cash or the mystery prize. The Burke's stuck with the unknown, which turned out to be the best choice ever.

The curtain was pulled to reveal Army National Guard Sgt. Leonard Burke, returning home to his wife and kids after an 11-month deployment in Kuwait.

The Blue Jackets win was the cherry on top of an amazing night at Nationwide Arena.

Thank you, Sgt. Burke, and all the other men and women in uniform for your sacrifice and service.

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Body discovered at Ohio State University construction site

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A body was discovered at a construction site on Ohio State University’s campus Friday morning.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State University Police were first called the area of Neil Avenue and 11th Avenue near the dorm Mack Hall around 6:30am.

The university said there is no ongoing threat.

No additional details were released as the investigation continues.

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Officer bitten by coyote in east Columbus

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Police are investigating an incident in which officers shot and killed a wild coyote after one officer was bitten by the animal.

According to 10TV, the officer was assisting a stranded driver on I-70 eastbound near Hamilton Road when the animal approached and attacked a state road worker, who was also attempting to help the stranded driver.

The coyote then bit the officer, who punched the animal, causing it to flee. When more officers arrived at the scene, the coyote returned and began acting aggressively.

After employing everything from mace to a taser on the coyote to no avail, officers at the scene shot and killed the aggravated canine. The officer who was bitten was taken to the hospital in stable condition and is expected to recover.

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