MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University issued a statement on Monday after sending out a Community Notice because of concerns about a serious and specific mental health problem discovered in a letter on the Morgantown Campus.
The university said on Sunday it was the receipt of an anonymous letter that described content related to suicide taking place in public areas of campus.
Monday’s statement read, “We are grateful there was not an incident on campus today (Dec. 6) as suggested in the anonymous letter the University had received. It is our sincere hope the person who wrote the letter has received the help they need. If not, please call the Carruth Center at 304-293-4431 so we can help you.
“At this time, safety experts tell WVU it may resume normal operations on campus.”
There was no incident on campus today (12/6).
We sincerely hope the person who wrote the letter received support. If not, please call Carruth at 304-293-4431.
At this time, safety experts tell WVU it may resume normal activities. https://t.co/HmOFIfSQJK
— WVU Safety and Wellness (@WVUsafety) December 6, 2021
University Police Chief Sherry St. Clair said, “Not just today but every day please look out for anything out of the ordinary on our campus and with others around you. “If you find yourself in a potentially concerning situation, call 911. By being alert and present, you are not only keeping yourself as safe as possible but keeping our community safer, as well.”
WVU said Sunday the letter did not describe a threat to any person or groups but did refer to noon Monday and both outdoors and an indoor location, the Mountainlair. University officials said they consulted with regional and federal public safety officials, as well as mental health experts. The university also increased security measures on the Morgantown campus.
The university said Monday as a precaution, additional safety measures will remain across campus for the rest of the semester including at the Mountainlair.
“We understand that for many students this is already a stressful time as the end of the semester approaches so the Carruth Center will also continue to be provided added opportunities to seek help,” Director T. Anne Hawkins said.
WVU also said the CrisisTextLine is available if texting sounds easier than speaking with someone in-person or over the phone. Text WVU to 741741 for 24/7 free, confidential help. Talkspace is available at no charge to WVU students and offers secure, confidential online therapy.
“If you prefer to meet with a counselor in the local community or if you want more long-term counseling, a list of providers is available. (Please note this list is not all-inclusive, and we do not endorse specific providers.),” WVU said Monday.
“We urge anyone who is struggling with mental health issues to reach out for assistance.