Tian Bu, a junior in Columbia College, passed away this weekend. After her family and friends were notified, Dean Shollenberger informed students of her death in an email. He writes: “With the death of Tian, also known as Tina by friends on campus, we grieve the loss of a caring and valued member of our community. Tian was a talented writer and a gifted artist and musician. She was involved in Quest, a national leadership organization, and was active in a campus Bible study group.” Tina’s death is being investigated as a suicide.
At this tragic time, we remind you of our post last year called, “Something We Don’t Usually Do,” and the outpouring of solidarity in the comment thread. Please know, you deserve to feel like your best self, and there are people here to help. It can be difficult dealing with all this on your own, and we encourage you to reach out.
Counseling and Psychological Services (212-854-2878) is open until 11pm tonight.
Barnard’s Rosemary Furman Counseling Center (212-854-2092) has regular appointments from 9-5, and after-hours resources.
Nightline Peer Counseling (212-854-7777) is open until 3am.
RAs are available in all residence halls and may be reached by contacting the RA on-call.
The Office of the University Chaplain (212-854-1493), and the Center for Student Advising (854-6378) offer ongoing support.
And don’t underestimate the compassion, even empathy, of your friends.
We extend our deepest condolences to Tina’s family and friends. You’re welcome to leave your thoughts and prayers in the comments, but please use the space respectfully.
Update, 10/23/2012: A year later.