A LETTER REGARDING OUR CHAPTER AT the university of south carolina

As you may have heard, our chapter at the University of South Carolina experienced a tragedy earlier this week with the apparent suicide of an undergraduate brother. I, along with the Supreme Council (Board of Directors) and Fraternity Service Center Staff, am heartbroken by the loss and express my deepest sympathy as we grieve with his family and friends. Times like these are difficult, and coming together to support one another as brothers is of the utmost importance. We are engaged in communication with volunteer and undergraduate leadership in the area and are also working with University representatives to coordinate and provide support.

The mental health of our brothers, their friends, and their families are important to us. Please don't be afraid to ask for help, seek support, or reach out if you may know someone who is struggling. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, is a network of over 150 local- and state-funded centers across the United States. These counselors talk with people in distress, as well as provide education on personal well-being and training for supporting others in need. Additionally, students at the University of South Carolina have access to free, 24-hour counseling services at 803-777-5223. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is also a proud partner with the JED Foundation in its efforts to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults.

Together, let us honor the memory of our lost brother by extending our hand in support or a listening ear, especially to those who may need it most.

Fraternally,

Michael Sophir

 
 

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