UNC Chapel Hill cancels classes to “reflect on the seriousness of mental health illness” after 2 deaths on campus

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is canceling classes on Tuesday to “acknowledge and reflect on the seriousness of mental health illness” after two current deaths on campus, officers introduced Sunday. The transfer comes after UNC Police investigated two suicides over the weekend, WRAL-TV reported.

“We are in the middle of a mental health crisis, both on our campus and across our nation, and we are aware that college-aged students carry an increased risk of suicide,” Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz wrote to students in a letter Sunday. “This crisis has directly impacted members of our community — especially with the passing of two students on campus in the past month.”

The determination comes after UNC’s Graduate and Professional Student Government Board had referred to as on the college to pause instruction Monday and Tuesday so college students can search assist for mental health, CBS affiliate WNCN (*2*).

The college stated it might quickly launch a campus-wide marketing campaign to promote and help mental health consciousness.

“Students are encouraged to use this time to rest and to check in with each other during that day,” Guskiewicz wrote.

The National Institute of Mental Health says suicide is the second main trigger of demise amongst individuals age 10 to 34. Suicide makes an attempt amongst teen ladies additionally elevated since pandemic lockdowns had been put into place, in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“At Carolina, we strive to put our students first in everything we do. We are living in a world that is constantly shifting and changing,” Guskiewicz wrote. “We are facing major challenges and the ongoing toll this takes on our health cannot be underestimated.”

If you or somebody you realize is perhaps in danger of suicide, there’s assist. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, textual content a disaster counselor at 741741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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