Penn Hires Permanent Counselors in Wake of Suicide

Two confirmed suicides, four deaths overall have shocked campus.

Counselors temporarily hired in the wake of a Penn student’s suicide last month are being hired on a permanent basis in the wake of a second confirmed suicide, which occurred this week. Four students have died so far this semester. The counselors will serve at Penn’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

The Daily Pennyslvanian reports:

Three new permanent clinical staff members will be hired at CAPS, effective immediately. The scheduling of current staff will also be altered to accommodate student needs. CAPS will extend its hours into the evening and will also offer weekend appointments.

“I don’t want to waste time in reaching out to students who are so saddened by this,” (Penn President Amy) Gutmann said in an interview Wednesday afternoon. “It’s really right now that we have great need and I want that need to be addressed to the best of our ability.”

This statement — which is the second this week — comes as a response to the four student deaths that have occurred over the past several weeks and the issue of mental health.

“These deaths are not connected, but raised the issue and put students under significant stress that needs to be addressed immediately,” Gutmann said.


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  • Patrick L

    Penn is among the Ivies that admits the most students every year. I think that the admission staff should screen the students more carefully, and accept students from the more competitive schools just to ensure these kids can withstand the academic pressure at Penn. It is so sad to see these beautiful kids to go away like this. They have not even turn the first page in their lives. Too sad.

    • Anon

      Every kid admitted is capable of taking classes at penn… Penn alum so I would know. It’s the pre-professional culture that is unhealthy … If you’re not pre-med, pre-law, pre-grad or heading for Wall Stre

    • Natalie

      Mental health has nothing to do with students coming from competitive schools. in fact, those students who come from competitive schools may have more issues when they come to college and kind out it is not what they thought. “Screening” will not make a different. Getting rid of the stigma in seeking help and lack of access to services and support as well as having society take a more concerted effort to teach people how to maintain good mental health and take some of the pressure off of young people to perform at such high levels. Our need to be busy and stressed out is definitely not helping our kids make it in college. That affects students from all kinds of schools and backgrounds.

  • SMacCarthy

    The quote has been corrected on the DP to reflect the intent of President Gutmann’s message: “I don’t want to waste time [before] reaching out to students who are so
    saddened by this,” Gutmann said in an interview Wednesday afternoon.