Following the suicide yesterday of a staff member at the University of West Georgia, students, faculty and staff members are reminded that there are campus and community resources available to help those who may be affected by this tragedy.
The university is working directly with the music department to set up meetings with students, faculty, and staff.
For faculty and staff members, there will be two meetings this afternoon, with counselors from on campus and Tanner Medical Center to talk more about the situation, discuss what reactions you might expect from students and colleagues, and what kinds of resources are available.
MEETING TIMES, LOCATIONS:
- 2:00 p.m., Ballroom 108.3, Campus Center
- 4:00 p.m. Ballroom 108.3, Campus Center
Counselors are available to provide individual counseling or consultation, or lead discussions with groups of faculty, staff, and students.
We also work closely with Tanner's Employee Assistance Program to provide extended counseling for employees.
You can contact any of these resources directly (contact information at www.westga.edu/uwgcares), or the office of student affairs can help facilitate and coordinate quick responses.
Please call 678-839-6423 to ask for assistance or if you have questions or concerns.
After 5 p.m., call 678-839-6000 (Police Dispatch) to connect with on-call staff.
Tragedies such as this can affect people in different ways over different periods of time.
You might be affected even if you did not know the individual personally, as it might bring up feelings related to other losses in your life.
More information about reactions to suicides and resources for handling them is at http://www.westga.edu/UWGCares/index_7114.php
If you are concerned about a student or employee, please call student affairs to ask for help, or report the concern at http://www.westga.edu/judicial/index_7989.php.