Suicide: University addressing mental health issues among students

Suicide: University addressing mental health issues among students

PUCHONG: Shocked by two suicide cases in the span of one week, Taylor’s University said that it is aggressively finding ways to address mental health issues faced by its students.

One of the Facebook user, presumably a student from Taylor’s University commented on the shocking revelation as below.

“The university is deeply saddened by the recent loss of our students. We have been in close contact with the students’ families.

“We believe that mental health is an important aspect of our student and staff welfare and we have taken proactive steps to address it,” said Taylor’s University vice-chancellor and president Professor Michael Driscoll to The Leaders Online via email.

On May 15, a local English daily reported that two students committed suicide at Taylor’s University- one on May 6 while the other on May 14.

No details were released on the matter as the university emphasised on the need to respect the privacy of the two students’ families.

Students and alumni have flooded the university’s social media platforms with messages of shock, grief and disbelief over the double tragedy, with some pointing to previous cases of suicide among its scholars.

Driscoll said that the university is organising multiple counselling sessions for both its students and staff members, helmed by its Counselling and Psychological Services Centre located in the campus.

“Students and staff are also encouraged to visit our counselling centre or contact our hotline at 011-2128 4693 and 011-2128 9673, available 24/7,” he said.

By G Vinod

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