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Death of Mercer student Nick Pratico shakes community


The body of Mercer student Nicholas Pratico was found in the woods across Old Trenton Road, dead of an apparent suicide. Although the suicide seems to have occurred on September 20, the day Pratico went missing, according to Hamilton Police Detective Sergeant Brian Schroeder, the body was not discovered until October 23, 33 days later.…

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Mental health care difficult for Mercer students to access due to stigma and lack of availability


  In a typical week, Dorothy Gasparro sits down with twelve to fifteen Mercer students to help them work through personal and emotional problems. Gasparro, Ed.S., LPC, NCC, is the Senior Counselor at Mercer County Community College’s Counseling & Wellness Center; her job is to provide therapy, skills instruction, and support to struggling students. But…

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A source of hope for those struggling with self-injury


Whether intricately drawn or simply written, the word “love” was scrawled across the forearms of many students on November 13, the goal being to bring awareness to the issue of suicidal thoughts, self-mutilation and addiction, and its sufferers. The support movement is lead by the non-profit known as “To Write Love On Her Arms” (TWLOHA).…

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