Schools offering grief counseling over suicide
Wed, 08 Feb 2012 04:38:15 GMT —
The Edinburgh School District and the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) said they have grief counselors on their campuses following a young woman TMs suicide on Tuesday.
Gilbert Tagle, a spokesperson for the Edinburg CISD, identified the young woman as 18-year-old Brenda Dominguez, a student at Edinburg North High School.
Tagle said counselors had been on campus and will remain at the school for students who may need assistance in dealing with the incident.
Construction workers found Dominguez TM body Tuesday morning at the Science Building of UTPA.
On Thursday evening, the university sent out a statement saying preliminary autopsy results indicated Dominguez death was a suicide.
"Any kind of death for this age student is traumatic because it just lets them know that they're vulnerable to things like that," Lisa Blankenship said.
She is the director for counseling at UTPA.
Blankenship said about 15 students had sought their services so far since Tuesday.
"Typically they're kind of in shock at first so they don't seek anything out but as the news kids of sinks in we think that we'll see many more students," she added.
In addition to the counseling, her department also started to distribute suicide prevention information.
"Most students have some kind of suicidal ideation throughout their life and their reluctant to tell someone other than a friend," she explained. "[The friends] are the lifeline to get that individual to get someone who can assist them."
Counselors will be at the Science Building from Wednesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for any student needing to talk.
They are also available at the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University Center Room 109.