Two More Worcester Polytechnic Institute Students Die Over Winter Break


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WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – Two more students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have tragically passed away over the holiday break.

One graduate student, Nabil Johnson, died from a seizure in his Ohio home and the other, an ungraduated student by the name of Nathan Morin, died by suicide in his New Hampshire home, MassLive reports. In a statement, WPI President Laurie Leshin called the deaths “difficult to accept” and is urging those who are struggling for to seek support.

“As a university, we expect to launch our students into their futures, and it is jarring and painful to lose them,” Leshin wrote. “If you are struggling for any reason, please reach out to a friend, a colleague, a family member — or any of the faculty and staff who, I promise, care about you deeply. We are here for you.”

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The university Wednesday sent a message to all students providing on-campus resources and suggestions to help them keep their mental health in-check.

The message, titled “You’ve Been Herd – Mental Health and Well-Being Update #2,” provides an after-hours telehealth line, an update on the school’s Mental Health and Well-Being Task Force and other information about mental health and well-being at WPI. Leshin also encouraged students to visit WPI’s Be Well Together page for more information.

MassLive reports a total of six students now have died in the past six months at the school, with three of them being suicides. One of them was a first-year student who was found dead in his dorm room in November 2021.

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