KNUST to counsel traumatized ‘suicide’ student’s roommates

General News of Saturday, 25 February 2017

Source: Myjoyonline.com

2017-02-25

KNUST GIRL SUICIDEThe late Adwoa Ayimadu-Antwi

Authorities at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology have begun special counseling for distraught roommates of a first-year female student suspected to have committed suicide.

Acting Assistant Registrar at the University Relations Office, Kwame Yeboah Jr., says the death of Chemical Engineering student, Adwoa Ayimadu- Antwi has left her three colleagues devastated.

She was found hanging on a rope tied to a ceiling fan in the room she shared with three others.

A fruitless effort was made by a roommate and other students to save Adwoa’s life but she was pronounced dead on arrival at the University Hospital on Friday.

Authorities fear the situation could have a psychological effect on them, hence the counseling.

Mr. Yeboah Jr. says immediately it was found Adwoa had passed, the school’s counsel centre, hall counsel unit and executive members of the hall met over the issue.

Authorities later met with resident students to console and assure them of the management’s resolve to make their stay comfortable.

“The Counseling teams were all in the hall to interact with the students, particularly, the roommates who have been so close to the young lady who just passed on’’.

At the time of our visit, the counselors were with them [roommates] trying to keep them relaxed.

Mr. Yeboah Jnr. who doubles as Hall Tutor for Independence Hall, where the incident occurred, tells Luv News the exercise will be extended to other students in order to forestall a recurrence.

“Possibly, as an institution, we might have to keep on extending the help we give them, the counseling the students need.

We are doing so much, but I think the work is enormous, and we need to ensure that we do more so that such incident doesn’t happen,” Mr. Yeboah explained.

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