Yale University officials responded with multiple letters last week following a story in The Washington Post about suicidal students being made to withdraw Apply again.

The Washington Post published a story Nov. 11 reporting of current and former students Claim to These were pressured By university administrators to withdraw Once their mental health problems had been identified, they were required. to undergo a lengthy reapplication process to Rejoin the school

More than 25 past and present Yale students They told the outlet that they were disturbed by what they called “The Incontinence”. Yale’s inadequate policies and services for students in the throes of a mental health crisis, despite the institution’s $41.4 billion endowment.

Some of the instances that were reported by The Washington Post staffers included: students failed to After reaching out for help, they received a response. Others only received counseling sessions. Others claimed they kept their mental issues hidden. to avoid Yale’s withdrawal policies, which allegedly put pressure on such students to You can leave campus in as little as 72 hours.

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Twenty-five Yale students reported they were upset with the university’s mental health services.
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After the story, Dean Yale College Pericles Lewis & Director of Yale Paul Hoffman, Counseling and Mental Health Dr. published a letter The Washington Post rebutting its reporting. The letter claimed that the report It was ignored Yale’s “complex and nuanced endeavor” to With students’ mental health, warning the article “could put more students at risk” Ensuring that they believe they can continue school no matter what their mental health status is.

Peter Salovey is also a President published a letter on the school’s website in response to Backlash Yale Alumni because of the story.

“To be clear, the health and well-being of Yale students are primary university priorities,” Salovey wrote. “The Washington Post article does not reflect Yale’s efforts to foster student wellness. The article fails to acknowledge the support, processes, and policies in place or the positive outcomes associated with our work.”

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Yale responded with several letters disputing the Washington Post’s report.
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The Washington Post followed suit published a follow-up story Last Friday, Lewis was interviewed by the outlet about possible changes to the school’s withdrawal policy.

“I wanted to make clear that the mental health of our students is a very, very high priority and that we seek to pursue the policies and practices that are going to ensure that,” Lewis said. “In particular, that are going to help prevent suicide. And that’s the basis for our decision-making and nothing else.”

Alicia Floyd, a former Yale student who attempted suicide in 2000, told the paper that college administrators “missed the whole point of the article and those students who were brave enough to speak out.”

“The problem is how awful they can make it to leave and return. And how that discourages people in pain from seeking help or taking the time off that they need,” Floyd also added.

If you have any difficulties with suicidal If you are in New York City and have thoughts or are suffering from a mental illness, call 1-888 NYC-WELL to receive confidential and free crisis counseling. If you don’t live in the five boroughs, dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline (918) or go. to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.