A Message to the Carolina Family

Dear Carolina Family,

As you all know, Gambrell Hall was closed this morning and we now know the circumstances surrounding that—the tragic death, by what appears to be suicide, of one of our promising doctoral students. Our hearts are with her family and we grieve with them as their extended Carolina Family.

We have counselors and resources available for all those impacted by our loss or who are experiencing distress. For more information, please visit our mental health resources page. Students may also call 803-777-5223. Faculty and staff can call the Employee Assistance Program at 800-633-3353.

Mental health is a priority on our campus. If you or someone you know is struggling, I urge you to reach out to one of our trained, caring professionals or to take advantage of one of our other in-person or online mental health services that best meets your needs. You can also learn more about how to improve your own well-being and support your friends by participating in training or simply calling 803-777-5223 and asking for a community consultation. There is also a 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255.

 

We often think of Stand Up Carolina as a mantra for crime prevention and physical safety but it also applies to our mental wellbeing too. Helping a fellow Gamecock is always the right thing to do.

  

As we enter a busy weekend, please remember to look out for one another. We often think of Stand Up Carolina as a mantra for crime prevention and physical safety but it also applies to our mental wellbeing too. Helping a fellow Gamecock is always the right thing to do.

 

— Harris Pastides