In heartbreaking news, James Madison University softball catcher and cleanup hitter Lauren Bernett has died of an apparent suicide. She was only 20 years old. Bernett was a high-achieving student-athlete and a great ambassador for JMU and its athletics program. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.
Lauren Bernett was a three-time All-Conference catcher at James Madison University, and helped lead the Dukes to two conference championships and an NCAA Regional appearance in her senior season. She finished her career with a .330 batting average, 19 home runs, and 95 RBIs.
What may have led to the suicide
There are many possible factors that could have led to Lauren Bernett’s suicide. Some of the most common reasons for suicide include mental illness, such as depression or bipolar disorder, chemical imbalances in the brain, traumatic life events, and social isolation. Bernett may have been struggling with one or more of these issues and felt that suicide was her only option.It is also possible that Bernett was suffering from an undetected physical illness. In some cases, people who are seriously ill will become depressed and may consider suicide as a way to end their pain. Finally, it is also possible that Bernett was using drugs or alcohol and this was a contributing factor to her suicide. Substance abuse can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Offer advice for those who are struggling with mental health issues
If you are struggling with mental health issues, please seek help. There are many resources available to you, including counseling services at your school or local mental health clinic. You are not alone, and there is hope for recovery.
Tributes from friends, family, and teammates
Barnett’s friends, family, and teammates have taken to social media to share their memories of her and offer their condolences.” Lauren was an amazing person and friend. She always put others before herself and always had a kind word to say. I’m so thankful that I got to know her and be a part of her life,” Barnett’s friend and softball teammate Jordan Poole wrote on Twitter.” Lauren was an incredible person and athlete. She always had a positive attitude and worked hard both on and off the field,” J MU softball coach Mickey Dean said in a statement. Our program is heartbroken by her loss.
Provide a link to a suicide prevention hotline
If you are feeling suicidal, please get help. In the United States, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.