Law enforcement agencies were summoned to The University of Southern Mississippi’s campus following a tragic event that unfolded on Thursday evening. The sight of numerous police vehicles converging at the Southern Miss Parking garage around 7 p.m. sent shockwaves through the community. This heartbreaking incident took place in the vicinity of the Thad Cochran Center Parking, the university’s parking lot in Hattiesburg, MS.
USM Suicide: What Actually Happened?
A solemn air hung over the campus as reports emerged of a devastating event. A University of Southern Mississippi student had tragically lost their life after an apparent jump from the fifth floor of the parking garage. The news sent ripples of grief through the university community, leaving everyone in shock. The university promptly reached out to those affected, urging them to seek help during this difficult time.
Hattiesburg Police Investigation
Hattiesburg Police and the University Police Department wasted no time launching an investigation into this heart-wrenching incident. The authorities were summoned to the scene following a report of a suicidal person. Tragically, the unidentified individual took a dire step, jumping from a height that led to severe injuries. Despite the swift response from law enforcement and immediate transportation to a local hospital, the student succumbed to their injuries.
Support for the Grieving Community
In the wake of this tragic loss, the university’s Student Counseling Services (SCS) sprang into action. They have been reaching out proactively to friends and individuals close to the student, offering their compassionate support. SCS has made it clear that anyone who requires immediate assistance can walk into their office located in Bond Hall.
The SCS team can also be reached at 601-266-4829 during regular business hours and at 601-606-4357 (HELP) after 5 p.m. and on weekends. To ensure that support is readily accessible, counselors have made themselves available for group counseling sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room A of the R.C. Cook Student Union. Individual sessions can be conducted in Union Room 227.
Looking Out for One Another
The university emphasizes its commitment to the well-being of its community members. If you are concerned about a friend, classmate, or anyone within the Southern Miss community, you have the option to anonymously complete a CARES report. In situations requiring immediate assistance, University Police can be reached at 601-266-4986.
The University also extends its support to faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This program connects individuals with highly trained clinicians who are equipped to listen to concerns and provide assistance with various issues, including anxiety, depression, and stress. In times of sorrow, Southern Miss stands united, offering its support and care to those who need it most during this difficult period.