When a Penn student dies

Stories surrounding mental health on campus

Fourteen Penn students have died by suicide since February 2013. Nine of them were undergraduates; five were graduate students. The youngest, Madison Holleran, was 19. Nearly every time the University community confronts the loss of one of its own, a familiar pattern emerges for affected students and faculty: grief, confusion and anger. When Nicholas Moya, a senior in the College, died by suicide on Aug. 31, campus began searching again for answers to a question impossible to resolve: why?

Over the course of three weeks, The Daily Pennsylvanian analyzed various aspects of mental health across the University: from the resources offered at Counseling and Psychological Services to the way administrators choose to communicate these student deaths. The result of that effort is laid out here in a project page the DP staff plans to continually update.

If any reader wishes to comment on our coverage or contribute to our list of campus resources, they are invited to email Executive Editor Dan Spinelli at spinelli@thedp.com.

Penn moves to standardize how undergraduate faculty are notified of student deaths

By Dan Spinelli

The deans of each undergrad school had previously been able to choose whether or not to inform their constituent faculty members, leaving swaths of faculty uninformed of student deaths.

An art exhibit on Penn's student suicides raises complex questions on how to balance sensitivity with dialogue

By Rebecca Tan

This is how Student Health Services screens for depression

By Alex Rabin

When a Penn student dies, why aren't faculty members immediately notified?

By Aliza Ohnouna and Haley Suh

Penn's mental health resources focus on undergraduates. What happens to graduate students?

By Natalie Kahn

How student-run mental health groups respond to a death on campus

By Olivia Sylvester

Penn reconvened its mental health task force a year ago. Here's what it concluded.

By Caroline Simon

Family, friends and mentors gathered to honor the life of College senior Nick Moya

By Aliza Ohnouna

Sigma Alpha Mu acknowledges death of College senior Nicholas Moya in Facebook post

By Dan Spinelli

An introductory guide to Counseling and Psychological Services

By Katie Bontje and Sarah Fortinsky

Student groups and administrators are collaborating to make leaves of absences work for all students

By Katie Bontje

Inside the challenges international students face navigating mental health at Penn

By Caroline Simon

Students question administration's handling of Wharton junior's suicide

By Caroline Simon and Jessica McDowell

Wharton junior's death ruled a suicide, students mourn

By Jessica McDowell

Penn has a new policy for announcing student deaths

By Aminata Sy

Campus Mental Health Resources

The HELP Line
  • 215-898-HELP
Counseling and Psychological Services
  • 215-898-7021 (active 24/7)
Student Health Service
  • 215-746-3535
Wellness Resources
Office of the Vice Provost for University Life
  • 215-898-6081
University Chaplain’s Office
  • 215-898-8456
Reach-A-Peer Helpline
  • 215-573-2727 (every day from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
  • 215-515-7332 (texting service available 24/7)
  • Letter-writing service
Penn Benjamins (in-person peer counseling)
  • Su, M, T 8-11 p.m. Harnwell Library First Floor
  • W, Tr 8-11 p.m. Houston Hall Chaplains Office