Thursday 14th December 2017,

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Brown Daily Herald: Graduate Student Dies after Fall from Library Window

posted by Jason Fong

Brown University Sciences LibraryFirst-year Brown University graduate student, Hyoun Ju Sohn GS, committed suicide this Tuesday.

Sohn, from Korea, had been studying physics at the university. According to the Brown Daily Herald, Sohn had jumped from a 12th  story window of the Science Library (photo by Daehyun Park), and within minutes after his death, police, who had been notified about a possible suicide attempt earlier in the day, arrived on the scene.

At a school wide vigil held on Tuesday evening, university president Christina Paxson spoke on the nature of Sohn’s death.

“It’s a time when we have to think — how can we care for each other better as a community?” Paxson said as she struggled to hold back tears.

You can read the comments of students in the library at the time of the tragedy in the Brown Daily Herald.

To separate the facts and myths  about Asian Americans and suicide, you can read this fact sheet from the American Psychological Association.

The Asian American Suicide Education & Prevention Program also has important information of where you can go for help.

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