Tragically, a student death occurred on Monday afternoon when a student at North Carolina State University was found dead outside Sullivan Hall.
The cause of death is unknown and is under investigation.
This is the 15th student death at NC State in the past year.
NC State chancellor tells the student body: “There are no words I can share that will heal what many of you are feeling. Simply, I grieve with you”
North Carolina State University Responds to Tragedy with 15 Additional Mental Health Clinicians
NC State Mental Health Task Force Reveals Troubling Death Statistics
In a report released by the NC State mental health task force set back in November, which includes students and staff, the university’s grim statistics came to light.
Since 2018, the institution, with its 36,000 students, has sadly averaged eight student deaths annually, including three by suicide.
The task force’s aim is to provide recommendations for a more supportive culture, additional resources, and improved policies to address this pressing issue.
A Freshman’s Reflection on a Tragic discovery
A somber incident at Sullivan Residence Hall changed freshman Mr. Davis’ perspective profoundly.
Emergency vehicles and investigators stunned returning students.
Matthew Davis, an NC State student, said, “It gave me this dark feeling. It could be somebody I know.
It could be anybody.” This event prompted the NC State community to reflect on life’s fragility and the need for mutual support.
April Anderson, a Sullivan Residence Hall student, expressed sadness upon hearing the news.
Chancellor Randy Woodson confirmed the tragedy and offered condolences.
The university increased its mental health team to 50 clinicians,
which has been appreciated by students like Pierce Latta,
an engineering student, who credits his faith and supportive friends for staying grounded.
Jordan Nance, however, expressed uncertainty, saying,
“It’s horrible because I feel like they didn’t do as much as they probably could have, but I wouldn’t know what route to take to prevent that.”
The deaths at NC State highlight the ongoing mental health crisis among American youth.
Suicide rates in the US have surged by 8% among males aged 15-24 since 2021.
The most significant overall increase, a staggering 37%, has been observed among ages 10-24 with a particularly alarming 37% rise in rates for black children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.