Denison University cancels class following death of student

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Denison University canceled classes for Wednesday after the death of a student who took her own life.

The university said Tianyue Li was found dead Tuesday.

President Adam Weinberg said Li was a member of the class of 2019 and a communication major.

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“Please be there for each other. If you need help, ask for it. Denisonians care about each other. This is a strong and caring community. We need to pull on the strength of our community and be there for each other as we mourn and grieve,” Weinberg said.

The university said they will have professional staff available throughout the coming days.

This is the second death by suicide of a Denison student in the last five months.

If you have concerns about yourself or someone you know, resources are available.


Warning signs of suicide

Health officials recommend that everyone familiarize themselves with the warning signs of suicide, which may include:

  • A person thinking about or threatening suicide or seeking a way to kill themselves
  • Increased substance abuse
  • Feelings of purposelessness, anxiety, being trapped, or hopeless
  • Social isolation and withdrawing from people and activities
  • Expressing unusual anger, recklessness, or mood changes

How to get help for yourself or a loved one

If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or thinking about suicide, talk to someone who can help, such as a trusted loved one, your doctor, your licensed mental health professional if you already have one, or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.

If you are concerned a loved one is at risk of suicide, talk to them about it. Experts say you shouldn't be afraid to raise the issue.

For immediate help if you are in a crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential. You can also get information

Local services

  • Franklin County Suicide Prevention Hotline – (614) 221-5445 – 24/7
  • Suicide Text Line (614) 221-5445 – Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Teen Hotline (614) 294-3300 – 24/7
  • Senior Hotline (614) 294-3309 – 24/7
  • Suicide Prevention Services – (614) 299-6600 ext. 2073
  • North Central Mental Health Services – (614) 299-6600