mulheren_aaronThe NEOMED family mourns the tragic suicide of M1 student Aaron Mulheren.

All of us at Northeast Ohio Medical University are profoundly saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aaron’s family.

The NEOMED family is a tight-knit community, and we ask that everyone help and support one another as we begin to cope with this loss.

NEOMED is committed to protecting the health and emotional well-being of students, faculty and staff on and off the Rootstown campus. The University’s suicide prevention and postvention policy is an important component of that protection. We all know what prevention means but many aren’t aware of the term “postvention,” which refers to ways of helping those affected by the loss of someone to suicide.

Talking about what happened can sometimes help those who are struggling. Campus counseling and support services are available for those who would like to discuss this situation, or their own challenges.  

You can honor Aaron by seeking help if you or someone you know is in need of it.

Here are reminders of what to do in a crisis and highlights of the mental health resources offered at NEOMED and in the community.

What to Do

If you believe that someone has or is about to engage in a suicide attempt or needs emergency care as the result of a suicide attempt, CALL 911.

If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide or are experiencing depression or emotional distress, you can:

  • Call NEOMED Student Counseling Services’ Theresa Novak at 330.325.6757. If it is after normal business hours, call 216.903.7873 and leave a message. You can expect a response within 15 minutes. Counseling services are confidential. They are located in the NEW Center inside the Summa Health office.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
  • Use the National Text line at 741‐741
  • Call an area crisis/suicide prevention line:
    • Portage 330.678.4357
    • Mahoning 330.747.2696
    • Summit 330.434.9144
    • Stark 330.452.6000
    • Cuyahoga 216.623.6888
  • Use the Jason Foundation’s free app “A Friend Asks.’’ (Android Download) (iPhone Download)
  • Refer to this list of off-campus providers

We urge anyone who feels overwhelmed for any reason to reach out for support by contacting faculty or staff within your college or any of the following:

  • Student Affairs, Sandra Emerick (330.325.6759)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Andre Burton (330.325.6733)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counseling (800.227.6007) or visit Member Login: NEOMED
  • Ombuds, Angela Dash (330.325.6254)
  • Title IX/Sexual Harassment, Rajini Poth (330.325.6736)

A candlelight vigil is being held by students outside the University’s main entrance at 5 p.m. today.

The family has decided to not have a funeral service. As soon as we know if there will be a memorial service, we will let the campus community know.

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