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Death on Franklin Ruled a Suicide

An 18 year old VCU student was found deceased in the 700 block of W. Franklin St. late Sunday night. The Medical Examiner is ruling her death a suicide. The following letter is from Beverly J. Warren, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at VCU.

April 19, 2010

Dear VCU Students, Faculty, Staff and Family Members:

The recent death of a VCU student living on campus has created great sorrow for the entire VCU community.  This news has left many members of our University and extended community wondering what they can do to support the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.  I ask your assistance in continuing to make VCU a caring community.  This is accomplished in our daily interactions with one another as we strive to treat each other with concern, care and respect.

There are many resources available to members of our community who are experiencing stressful or difficult situations.  We have a duty to let individuals know that help is available and that seeking help is the right step to take in resolving issues.  If you are concerned about someone, express your concern to let her or him know you care.  If you feel that someone is imminently in harm’s way, contact VCU Police at 828-1234.

Resources for students, faculty and staff for assistance or consultation include:

For Students:

— University Counseling Services, 828-6200 (Monroe Park Campus); 828-3964 (MCV Campus).

— There is also an after hours on-call counselor available by calling 828-1234 and asking to talk with this counselor.

— National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-784-2433

For Faculty and Staff:

—  VCU Employee Health Service, 828-0584

—  ValueOptions, 866-725-0602

—  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-784-2433

When an individual is in distress and feeling overwhelmed he or she may think about suicide.  We need to let members of our community know that suicide is not a solution to psychological pain that is temporary.  Treatment for depression and other issues that lead to suicidal thinking is highly effective.  Additional information related to suicide can be found on University Counseling’s Web site: http://www.students.vcu.edu/counseling.

As we move to the end of the semester, it is important to practice good self-care.  Get adequate rest, eat healthy foods, exercise, schedule study breaks, seek support from others, talk with family and friends and avoid alcohol and other drugs.  Taking good care of yourself will enable you to do your very best as you finish the semester.

Thank you for helping to make VCU a truly caring community.

Sincerely,

Beverly J. Warren

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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