University of Wisconsin officials are offering support and guidance to community members after a student’s suicide Tuesday evening in the Lakeshore dormitories.
“The bottom line is there are a lot of resources here and death is a tragic thing,” Dean of Students Lori Berquam said. “All of the students on our campus here should know there are people who care about them and care about supporting them through this time. They don’t have to go through this alone.”
According to Lt. Peter Ystenes, the UW Police Department arrived at a Kronshage Hall house at approximately 6:15 p.m. before beginning an investigation. Students were asked to leave the premises while officers did their initial examination of the building.
“Whenever a healthy student dies, we take it very seriously,” Ystenes said. “We have no reason to believe there is any foul play whatsoever. There is nothing suspicious about it.”
As of 9 p.m., students were being allowed back inside the house.
Several residents of the Kronshage house confirmed they met with house follows following the student’s death. Residents also noted the student’s roommate traveled home for the week after the incident.
Berquam said the next few days may be the most challenging for students but added as the community comes together, affected students will begin to learn how to work through the grieving process.
“I think anytime you learn of a death in a community, it’s a shock,” Berquam said. “…The reality again is we can ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ all we want, but the reality is no one could have predicted this. Everybody is going to deal with this in a different way. There is no right way and there is no wrong way.”
As the student’s death is the subject of an ongoing investigation, UWPD will continue to work with students and the university in the coming days.
Students who wish to seek counseling or another form of help are being urged to contact University Health Services or the Offices of the Dean of Students. UHS can be reached at (608) 265-5600 and ODOS at (608) 263-5700.
“It’s a tragic situation,” Berquam said. “Turn to the resources. There’s always counseling through us.”
Editor’s Note: In the interest of public awareness regarding suicide prevention and issues of depression and mental health, The Badger Herald has decided to print this article despite the sensitive and tragic nature of this incident. We hope students use the UHS hotline provided and seek counseling if the incident impacts them severely. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the student involved.