The Washington Post is covering a developing story about a college student that was recently shot. 'Chicago police kill emotionally disturbed college student and 55-year-old mother' is yet another headline featuring more people shot and killed. Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and Bettie Jones, 55, were shot and killed by the Chicago police. Eight bullets were fired, 7 into LeGrier and one into Jones. The Chicago police is under investigation.
Not to diminish the role of the Chicago police in this situation, we must also remember how important mental health is. In light of this recent tragedy, it's important to remember that colleges and universities have mental health services available to students. LeGrier was majoring in electrical engineering at Northern Illinois University.
If you are struggling or need to talk to someone and are enrolled in a college or university, please reach out to your school's mental health services center. There are usually free professionals, as well as trained peer helpers, and talking to someone can make all the difference.
Police brutality is a major problem and should not be ignored, but it's absolutely necessary for us to remember that mental health is a hugely stigmatized issue and many college students struggle to get help because they don't know services are available to them.