March 24, 2010
After Suicides at Cornell U., the Campus Responds, Carefully
Matt Hintsa, Sun Senior
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,