Reflections on the UCLA Tragedy & Mental Health

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Juliette Virzi is a former member of Active Minds at UCLA and the Active Minds Student Advisory Committee.

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When I woke up yesterday morning, I didn’t expect to begin the day in my living room, huddled around with six fellow students watching live news coverage of a shooting at my school, praying for the safety of our friends on lockdown on campus.

I couldn’t fully comprehend what was happening when I received the Bruin Alert text:  “Shooting at Engineering 4. Go to secure location and deny entry (lockdown) now!”

From that point on, I joined the UCLA community in trying to navigate far-fetched rumors about what was actually happening, ranging from reports of multiple shooters, an inaccurate number of victims and injuries, and what areas of campus were most vulnerable. After two tense hours of being glued to the TV, we found out that what was initially called an active shooter situation was actually a murder-suicide. Continue Reading