SC couple claims Clemson failed to treat, follow-up with son struggling with mental health

SC couple claims Clemson failed to treat, follow-up with son struggling with mental health

SOUTH CAROLINA — Classes, exams, being away from home -- For some young people, college brings serious challenges that can affect their mental health.

One South Carolina couple said it all became too much for their son, who was a student at Clemson University.

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Their son, Jacob, lived with mental health issues. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 6.

In 2015, he proudly began his sophomore year as a Clemson Tiger, but soon reached out to the university for mental health help.

“I thought they had a psychiatrist there with all their touting of their psychological and medical services,” his mother Pam Eyring said.

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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY STATEMENT:

"While we do not comment directly on ongoing litigation, the loss of a student is tragic and affects the entire campus community deeply.

The safety, security and health of our students is of the highest priority. Professionals within Counseling and Psychological Services, Redfern Health Center, Clemson University Police Department, the Division of Student Affairs and throughout the University are available and dedicated to providing resources to students in need. Clemson’s emphasis on mental health and suicide prevention is robust, and the “Tigers Together” suicide prevention initiative began a number of years ago with a focus on creating awareness of the resources available. More information can be found here."

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