In the wake of two students’ suicides over the past month, Guskiewicz said the decision to hold a wellness day was due to “a mental crisis,” an elevated suicide rate among college-age students and after weekend consultations with students and faculty leaders.
“I encourage every student to use this time to rest and check in with each other during the day. Contact a friend, classmate or colleague and ask them, ‘Honestly, how are you?'” Guskiewicz in the statement.
“I think it’s good that they acknowledge that something is happening,” a student told CNN-affiliated WTVD, acknowledging the recent student suicides. Another student told WTVD that she has spoken to a number of people who say they have gone through suicide phases.
Guskiewicz said the university gathers various resources to offer during the week for students who need information, connection or a place to process their experiences. The university is also planning a mental health summit for later this month and is launching a campaign across mental health awareness.