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Student’s apparent suicide at Riverside City College highlights need for access to mental health services

By in Press Enterprise on February 13, 2018

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Laughter and chatter from a group of women at Riverside City College quickly became hushed Tuesday as they passed a bundle of flowers and a candle left on the walkway.

On the wall near the small memorial at the Riverside City College Magnolia/Terracina parking structure, someone had written in blue Crayola chalk, “RIP Bryan.” Pieces of brightly colored chalk were left at the site as an invitation to leave a message for Bryan.

The women, students at the college, whispered to each other and walked on to class.

The offerings left were in remembrance of Bryan Perez, 36, of Perris, a student at the college who appears to have taken his own life Monday morning, the first day of spring semester classes.

A memorial was set up at RCC for Bryan Perez, the man who committed suicide this week at the college parking structure. pic.twitter.com/9qEfOclKkX

— dylan stewart (@dylanstw__) February 14, 2018

“It’s really sad,” said Kiana Enderica who was among the handful of students who discovered Perez’s body Monday morning and immediately informed staff. “I just can’t help to think that he is somebody’s son, someone’s friend.”

On Tuesday, the school announced that the college’s Health Services & Psychological Services worked with Riverside County to bring grief counselors on campus from 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, and Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Dr. Charles A. Kane Student Services Building, Room 205.

A Riverside City College student walks past a sign advertising Wellness Workshops on campus. (Photo by Beatriz E. Valenzuela)

“There will be seven counseling teams on campus who will be conducting two-hour counseling sessions for students, faculty and staff,” he said in an email. “Anyone who would like to attend a session should contact Student Health & Psychological Services at 951-222-8151 […]    

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