Michigan State University provides mental health resources for students dealing with recent violence

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — Michigan State University is doing what it can to support students who may have ties to Oxford High School.

MSU Vice President Vennie Gore sent a letter to students on Wednesday saying his heart was heavy and the university was preparing to support those affected by Tuesday’s shooting that killed four students and injured seven. .

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The school said it has resources in place to help students cope with the tragedy. School officials said about 200 MSU students come from Oxford.

“We want to make sure our Spartans have access to supportive resources as they try to take the time to process these deeply tragic events,” Dan Olsen said.

These resources for students include a crisis service line, on-campus crisis counseling services, and a partnership with ThrivingCampus, which aims to connect students to area mental health services.

More information about ThrivingCampus can be found on its official website here.

The schools’ counseling and psychiatric services (CAPS) are available 24/7. If you need someone to talk to or are concerned about a friend, you can reach CAPS by dialing 517-355-8270 and pressing 1 when prompted to speak to a counsellor.

More information can be found on the CAPS website via the “Get Started” link.

MSU also shed light on its security plan, and school officials said they are using the shooting at Oxford High School as an opportunity to review its training and response.

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The university said each of its law enforcement officers are trained in incidents of active violence.

“I think we’re always looking to make improvements in public safety,” Olsen said. “And so each of these incidents – whether it’s happening here locally, across the state, nationally – gives us an opportunity to pause, to think about other ways to better improve safety. of the campus.”

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