UPDATE: The man who fell from the garage was a student at Ohio State. The student has died.
Ohio State President Michael V. Drake released a statement concerning the death:
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
We were deeply saddened to learn today that a student has died after falling from a campus parking garage. While the details of this tragedy are still unknown, there is nothing more painful for our university community than losing one of its members. The heartbreak of his family and friends cannot be overstated, and I know that all of you join me in sharing our most profound sympathies with them during this time.
Police are still investigating. In the meantime, I want to remind everyone to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room should you or someone you know be at risk of harming yourself or others. Additional resources offered through Ohio State and elsewhere are available here and here.
As you may be aware, the university convened a task force in the spring to review suicide prevention efforts and mental health support services. This group of students, faculty and staff — co-chaired by Senior Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston and Interim Chair of the Wexner Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Eileen Ryan — has provided several recommendations to enhance Ohio State’s broad network of support services. They can be viewed here.
We continue to work toward implementing many of these actions, which include further diversifying support resources, enhancing screening procedures and continuing to evaluate campus safety measures. We welcome your feedback and encourage your continued engagement in advancing our culture of care and support at Ohio State as we work to make our system even stronger.
Thank you for all you do to support your fellow students, faculty and staff.
Michael V. Drake, MD
The third link in the statement leads to a 46-page document detailing recommendations that have been given by the task force. The headings of the recommendations found in that document are as follows:
- Advance and Sustain a Culture of Care
- Enhance and Standardize Screening Procedures
- Enhance Resources
- Communication of Support and Mental Health Promotion
- Expansion of Delivery Mechanisms
- Explore our Campus Environments to Advance Additional Safety Measures
These sound an awful lot like things students have been wanting for awhile, and there was not a timetable given in the statement that signals when these recommendations will get put into action or how they’ll be employed.
Author’s note: If you feel alone, please remember that you are not. If nobody else in the world is with you then I promise that I am. You are important and loved. Please take care of yourself.
A man was taken to Wexner Medical Center earlier this morning after falling from the Lane Avenue parking garage, according to WOSU. This is the third time this year someone has fallen from a parking garage.
University officials say the man was transferred to Wexner Medical Center in critical condition, but they haven’t released any information about his identity or circumstances that led to his fall. Ohio State Police are continuing to investigate.
In April this year, one person died and another was seriously injured after falling from a university garage in the space of four days, leading the university to launch a mental health task force. Some students have criticized the school’s slate of mental health services.
Since no information has been released, it’s hard to say how this happened. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.