(UPDATE) Penn Student Dead of Apparent Suicide
[Update 1:33 p.m.] The Daily Pennsylvanian is identifying the deceased student as Amanda Hu, 20, from a suburb of Charlotte, N.C.
“She had left what appeared to be two suicide notes: one addressed to her family and one to her ‘mental health doctor at Penn,'” the DP reported. “The exact cause of death has yet to be confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s office as of Monday morning.”
A gathering for Hu will be held at 5 p.m. today in the Benjamin Franklin Room in Houston Hall, the paper reported.
And as HughE Dillion reports below in the comments, this weekend features a suicide awareness walk, starting 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
[Original] A female Penn student in her 20s was found dead overnight, the victim of an apparent suicide. Authorities did not immediately identify her.
NBC 10 reports: “Philadelphia Police investigated the apparent suicide inside a row home on the 4000 block of Sansom Street in University City. Investigators said that they found a female student in her 20s dead in her bedroom late Sunday night. The woman left a note at the scene, according to police.”
This would appear to be at least the fifth suicide at Penn since the beginning of last school year. The university has expanded its counseling outreach and commissioned a task force focusing on student mental health. Recommendations from that task force are due by the end of the semester.
For confidential support if you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Learn about the warning signs of suicide at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.