In light of Tobi Lim Sonstroem’s death, students should know that help is available.
We’re still not sure why exactly Tobi Lim Sonstroem is dead. The Tyler School of Art alumnus was a talented graphic designer. He had made friends at Temple, and was described as having a great sense of humor.
But on Thursday, Feb. 2, Sonstroem took his life on Liacouras Walk. It wasn’t easy for students on the campus’ main walkway to witness, and it wasn’t easy for The Temple News to cover. But the incident reminds us all of the fragile nature of life.
The Temple News would like to offer its condolences to Sonstroem’s family, and to his friends, both at Temple and beyond.
Furthermore, we’d like to remind students of one thing: Help is here.
Whether it’s a visit to the Tuttleman Counseling Services, or a call to a hotline, people are always available, waiting to listen. Too often, stressed college students and young adults are too afraid to seek out help and, as a result, make irrational decisions before getting advice from someone else.
Candles and letters could be seen on Liacouras Walk, where Sonstroem last stood. Friends and strangers have expressed their sincere sympathies – attesting to the fact that people do indeed care.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for college students. In the United States someone commits suicide every 16 minutes.
These figures are real and deserve attention. We as a society too many times treat suicide and depression as private matters, when we should be opening a dialogue and realizing that these unfortunate, tragic events do happen.
We’re sorry, Tobi. May you rest in peace.