NC State loses sixth student this year to apparent suicide
Another student at North Carolina State University has died from an apparent suicide, marking the school’s sixth suicide this academic year.
The student’s body was found late Wednesday night in the woods near Lake Raleigh. North Carolina State Police had begun searching for the individual after a friend received a text that they were intending to end their own life, reports NBC News.
NC State spokesperson Lauren Barker says that 13 total students have died from different causes since August 2022.
“It’s pretty overwhelming, to be honest,” said NC State senior Lilly Wallace. “It feels like this is almost constant at this point. It feels very helpless.”
Wallace created a petition last October after the first several suicides, urging the university to implement mental health days for students to ease the stress of their coursework.
“The school says we have all these mental health resources for students to use, but if you don’t have actual time off to breathe and check in with yourself and say, ‘I might need help, I’m struggling a lot more than I realized I was,’ you might not ever use those resources,” Wallace said.
The petition has since received over 4,600 signatures and actually resulted in the university introducing scheduled student-wellness days.
NC State is also attempting to implement certain recommendations made by a mental health task force formed in the fall, including partnering with The Jed Foundation, a nonprofit that works with schools to bolster their mental health support programs.
The move comes as schools across the country have seen a dramatic rise in mental health issues for their students. Last month, a national survey revealed that college students’ rates of depression, anxiety and suicidality are at an all-time high.