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Grief support offered after tragedy

Grief support offered after tragedy
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  • On December 14, 2018

By Ashlee Buhler
Editor in Chief

An LCC student-employee died after falling from a parking structure near main campus. The incident occurred shortly before 5:20 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10. The male student, age 26, died the next day at a local hospital.

The death is being ruled as a suicide, according to the Lansing Police Department. The Lookout does not print the name of suicide victims.

LCC President Brent Knight released a statement to students and staff via email on Dec. 11.

“The students, faculty and staff at LCC are a family,” Knight wrote. “When one of us is affected, we all feel it. I want you to know that you are never alone. Incidents of this nature can feel unsettling, especially on top of the stress you may feel at this time of the year with finals and the upcoming holiday season.”

The college had therapists on campus in the days following the incident to help students and staff work through any grief they may have been experiencing.

Dr. Levente von Heydrich, a licensed therapist from Expert Therapy Services, explained the services he was providing for LCC on Dec. 13.

“My purpose here is very specific: Provide assistance and relief to grieving co-workers and students,” von Heydrich said. “As soon as they enter, I will do an assessment to establish where the person is in the grieving process. After the assessment, suggestions are recommended … we just get the ball rolling.”

LCC offers free counseling services for students who are struggling emotionally, or just need someone to talk to. Appointments can be made by calling (517) 483-1924 or visiting https://internal.lcc.edu/supportservices/counseling.

To learn more about mental illnesses, suicide prevention or to find local support groups, visit https://www.nami.org/Find-Support.

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