Students fill site of BYU student's death with positive messages

Students at Brigham Young University wrote messages of hope and support to fill the atrium of the Tanner Building Wednesday night. (Photo: Jeremy Harris / KUTV)

(KUTV) – Students at Brigham Young University wrote messages of hope and support to fill the atrium of the Tanner Building Wednesday night.

This was the same spot where a BYU student took her life by jumping from the fourth floor on Monday.

“We wanted to re-frame the way that people felt about the space,” BYU senior Rebecca Daun said. “People respond to it in a variety of ways, but it didn’t feel the same the Tanner building is our home.”

The messages included positive thoughts or reasons to live.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to improve”

“Being young”

“The love of Christ”

“I love my family and my friends”

Daun said the student organizers had a huge response from people wanting to share positive messages.

“We wanted to reframe the way that people feel about the space and make it a positive space,” Daun said.

Students also organized a candlelight vigil at the building Thursday night.

In response to questions about student access to mental health care, the BYU Counseling and Psychological Services announced the University is planning to add additional therapists.

“We share the frustration and worry of students who are concerned about the wait time for individual, non-crisis appointments. We know our university leaders share this concern,” Steve Smith, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, wrote in a statement.

Smith said BYU has 29 full-time therapists and three part-time therapists. The university also operates a crisis line during business hours at 801-422-3035 and after hours 801-422-2222.

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