After Suicides at Cornell U., the Campus Responds, Carefully

Cornell 03-25

Matt Hintsa, Sun Senior

Students at Cornell U. gathered last week for "Lift Your Spirits," an event intended to change the mood on the campus after a string of student deaths.

A student's suicide leaves a campus in a precarious position. Acknowledge the death without giving too much attention to it; share information but not details; support grief while re-establishing normal routines. To follow the guidance of national mental-health experts is to walk a fine line.

After a suicide, students and parents expect leadership from college officials, and the news media may scrutinize them. "They need to lower the anxiety of everyone," said Morton M. Silverman,