BYU students organizing candlelight vigil tonight outside building where student fell

BYU students are using Twitter to organize a vigil tonight (Wednesday) at 9:30 p.m. to honor the student who died today after a fall inside the Tanner Building on campus Monday. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — BYU students are using Twitter to organize a vigil tonight (Wednesday) at 9:30 p.m. to honor the student who died today after a fall inside the Tanner Building on campus Monday.

The Twitter account for the Tanner Building. presumably not officially run by the school, is calling for the vigil, and asking others to "***PLZ RETWEET***.

It said:

A student run candlelight vigil will be held tonight at 9:30pm, to the east of the Tanner building, or at Kiwanis Park if we are asked to leave. Candles are available at Walmart. Please Let me know if you have any questions. #BYUstrong

Another Twitter account for a different campus building was also supporting the cause.

The east doors of the building lead to a flat cement area where students could gather and some stairs down to Campus Drive. An alternate location, presumably if the university asks the students to leave the area east of the Tanner Building, is Kiwanis Park, near Provo, Utah's Wasatch Elementary School at 1100 East.

A seemingly official BYU Twitter account for the school's Counseling and Psychological Services, @ByuCaps, published a letter from the director of CAPS services, Steve Smith.

After a media story where BYU students complained it was difficult to get mental health services, the letter seemed to address those concerns.

It says a suicide on campus Monday has generated an important discussion about the availability of mental health services for students.

The letter said:

At Counseling and Psychological Services we are grateful for the discussion and assume you we will continue to provide students in crisis immediate help. We share the frustration and worry of students who are concerned about the wait time for individual non-crisis appointments. We know our university leaders share this concern.

It says in the last four years, with an increasing number of students seeking counseling, the private school has increased its full-time therapists from 27 to 29 in the last four years, as well as three part-time therapists. It says the university is pursuing a proposal to add more.

It says crisis counseling is available "around the clock" at 801.422.3035 and "after five" by calling 801.422.2222. Group therapy is also available in addition to individual therapy, the letter says.

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