OSU suicide prevention program director "heartbroken" over recent deaths

Michael Drake, president of OSU, announced the formation of the task force yesterday, after the deaths of two people who either jumped or fell from a parking garage in the last week. (WSYX/WTTE)

The director of the suicide prevention program at Ohio State University said she welcomes a task force to look into the issue.

Dr. Michael Drake, president of OSU, announced the formation of the task force on Monday, after the of one person and the critical injury of another who both either jumped or fell from a parking garage in the last week. Another student fell and died in February 2016.

Darcy Haag Granello said the task force will amplify the message of her program.

"Anything that calls attention to this matter is only going to be positive," Granello said.

Granello said OSU's suicide prevention program is largest such program at a university in the US. The deaths last week saddened Granello, who knows her program could have helped.

"It breaks my heard that there are people out there who still aren't hearing that message," Granello said.

While Granello is happy to hear about the task force, the reaction among students was less than positive. Some students took to social media, demanding the university hire more mental health staff. Tatiana Huerta, a sophomore, acknowledged that college can be stressful.

"There's people out that it really gets to be too much and the university should really be paying attention to those things," Huerta said.


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