In light of the sudden and tragic death of University of St. Thomas sophomore Michael “Carson” Larson last weekend, grieving and hurting members of the St. Thomas community are reminded of the help available through the offices of Campus Ministry and Counseling and Psychological Services.
“We want everyone to know that we are available to lend a listening ear,” said Dr. Jeri Rockett, director of Counseling and Psychological Services, and Father Erich Rutten, the university’s chaplain.
They have daily crisis appointment times to accommodate those who need support during this difficult time. Feel free to contact either office to consult about any questions you might have.
Also, cost-free professional consultation is available to St. Thomas staff and faculty through the university’s Employee Assistance Program. The service is staffed with experienced clinicians 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information about how to access this service can be found on Page 49 of the 2011 Employee Benefit Guide.
Rockett and Rutten offer the following information about typical responses to tragedies, and what kinds of reactions might warrant seeking additional counseling support.
In the hours and days following such tragedies, the shock begins to wear off, and more feelings may emerge, such as sadness and anger. It is important to share these feelings with people you trust. For some people, the level of feelings or the kinds of questions that emerge may indicate that additional counseling support would be helpful.
Circumstances or signs that may lead you to seek additional counseling support:
If you are experiencing any of these circumstances, or just wish to talk to a personal counselor or pastoral counselor for additional support, you are welcome to contact Campus Ministry, Counseling and Psychological Services or the Employee Assistance Program.