Toronto Fire was dispatched to the Bahen Centre for Information Technology at 8:40 pm in response to a death on the first floor. Around half an hour after the call, there were around 10 police cruisers and multiple Campus Police officers on the scene.
Students who were studying at Bahen told The Varsity that they were asked to evacuate the building by police. Both Toronto Police and Campus Police were on the scene. Campus Police declined to comment on the matter.
Toronto ON M5S
Dispatched: 17/03/19 @ 20:40 EDT
[Stn: 315] Pumper-315
General Area: https://t.co/Qe73GQ56ms
— Toronto Fire (@tofire) March 18, 2019
If you or someone you know is in distress, you can call:
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service phone available 24/7 at 1-833-456-4566
- Good 2 Talk Student Helpline at 1-866-925-5454
- Ontario Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600
- Gerstein Centre Crisis Line at 416-929-5200
- U of T Health & Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030.
Warning signs of suicide include:
- Talking about wanting to die
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
- Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated, or recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. If you suspect someone you know may be contemplating suicide, you should talk to them, according to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.
The Varsity has reached out to U of T Media Relations for comment.
— With files from Adam A. Lam and Ilya Bañares