After student’s death, RIT looks to improve mental health services

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After a student’s suicide nearly a week ago, the Rochester Institute of Technology says they are working on improving services for students when it comes to mental health.

RIT is saying more change when it comes to addressing mental health on campus is “needed.”

In a letter from RIT President David Munson, we learned RIT plans to increase its number of counselors, monitor scheduling to cut down on wait times, expand flexibility of access to services, increase training and support opportunities for faculty and staff and more.

So Tuesday, we asked current RIT students if they feel this is necessary.

“I’ve been both an advocate for student health services and a student who needed mental health services,” explained Tempest Sampson, RIT senior. “I know that based on the number of students on campus and the number of counselors, that we don’t have enough to serve all the students.”

“I do hear from a lot of friends and acquaintances that at times they have to wait more than a week or there’s not enough people to talk to,” said Dustin Deal, RIT junior.

There is no word on when RIT students may see these changes implemented.

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