Letter from the editor: A pause in production
We have included a list of resources related to mental health below this short note.
Dear Washington University readers and community,
Student Life is pausing production for an indefinite period of time in light of the death of Orli Sheffey, one of our dear friends and someone who contributed so much to the StudLife and Washington University communities. Orli worked so hard and so selflessly to make both StudLife and WashU better places for everyone. You can leave memories of Orli for the Sheffey family at this link. It is my hope that we can remember Orli for what she stood for and that we can fight to root out injustices wherever we encounter them. We should all seek to carry on her legacy.
As StudLife determines our next steps, please direct any questions to [email protected].
Matthew Friedman, editor-in-chief
Below are resources that may be helpful for community members at this time. You can share memories of Orli at this link.
Behavioral Health Response (BHR) is a Missouri organization that provides crisis support, telephone counseling and mental health resources. They can be reached 24/7 at 1-314-469-6644.
The Steve Fund, an organization dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color, has a 24/7 crisis text line that can be reached by texting STEVE to 741741.
The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for LGBTQIA+ individuals, can be reached by calling 1-866-488-7386, texting START to 678-678 or online.
The Dougy Center provides resources for young adults dealing with grief.
Uncle Joe’s is a confidential resource with student counselors trained to provide support for a variety of issues. Counselors are available by phone 24/7 at 314-935-5099 and in person during walk-in hours from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support 24/7. They can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 or online.
Student Union has also developed a more in-depth list of mental health resources on and off campus.