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Waterloo mourns the loss of student

Waterloo mourns the loss of student

Date: Wednesday, April 03, 2019

It is with deep sadness that the University of Waterloo and the St. Jerome’s University community learned of the unexpected death of one of our students.

 

The second-year student was enrolled in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and died by suicide on campus on April 2nd.

 

The University has been communicating with the student’s family and continues to offer its sympathy and support. The family has expressed their wishes that the student’s name not be released but that a message the student wrote about their experiences with mental health be shared.

 

That message, written earlier this year, appears in italics below:

 

Let’s talk about mental illness. Let’s talk about how debilitating it can be. Let’s talk about fear and worry. Let's talk about sadness and hopelessness. Let’s talk about sleepless nights and restless days. Let’s talk about tears and pain. Let’s talk.

 

For a long time, I have struggled with anxiety and depression. Last year was definitely a pretty low one for me. I felt trapped in my mind, not feeling like anyone would be able to help me. I kept quiet, and it almost cost me my life. I can proudly say that I’ve been improving. I’ve been working on opening up and letting people in, which is hard and terrifying, but necessary. Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle a lot. Anxiety and depression will be things that I will always carry with me, and I feel the effects of every day. But I am not alone, and I can get through anything.

 

Being brave, being honest, and being kind are so important to me. It takes bravery to be vulnerable to others when asking for help. And I’ve learned that sometimes I need to be my own superhero to be brave enough to fight my battles. I’ve also learned that some battles don’t need to be fought alone, and I have to be honest enough to both myself and others to say when I need help. Most importantly, it is necessary to be kind. Be kind to yourself and to everyone around you. You never know who may be struggling, or what others might be dealing with. A little kindness goes a long way.

 

I am so thankful and so lucky to have some absolutely amazing friends and people in my life who demonstrate constant kindness. Mental illness told me that no one cared, but these people told me different. I hope that everyone can have a support system to rely on because, without mine, I don’t know where I’d be.

 

#BellLetsTalk. Let’s talk about progress. Let’s talk about healing. Let’s talk about strength and resilience. Let’s talk about bright futures and sunny days. Let’s talk.

 

If you are grieving or need any support, there are people who can help you. Please contact any of the following resources:

 

Counselling Services - 519-888-4567 ext. 32655
Here 24/7 - 1-844-437-3247
Health Services - Student Medical Clinic - 519-888-4096
Grand River Hospital - 519-749-4300
St. Mary's Hospital - 519-744-3311
Good2Talk - 1-866-925-5454
Crisis Services Canada - 1-833-456-4566 or by text 45645