On April 2, 2015, Garissa University in Kenya was attacked, resulting in the deaths of about 148 individuals, who were mostly students. This is a tragic event that has left many experiencing a wide range of emotions, including sadness, anger, anxiety, confusion, and fear, to name a few. There have been several vigils held around the world, and particularly at the University of Michigan, to remember those students who lost their lives. We want to acknowledge and honor these students, as well as recognize the impact this can have on our own students here at University of Michigan and the larger campus community.
We understand that the deaths of these students may have triggered intense emotions, which is to be expected and common after a distressing occurrence. We extend our support to the campus community, including the African student community. CAPS encourages you to be aware of these intense emotions as this can have an impact on mental well-being, especially during this latter part of the semester. It is during these times, that it is most helpful to be kind/compassionate to yourself by engaging in self-care; reaching out for support as well as extending support to others.
CAPS staff is available to meet with you on a urgent, walk-in basis if any student needs to talk about their struggle or reactions to this tragic and violent event in Kenya.
Article Published in April 2015