A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS
On the evening of Feb. 18, Matias Sosa-Wheelock, a member of the Macalester class of 2020, died by suicide. In the aftermath of Matias’ death, and after subsequent reflection upon related past events at Macalester, The Mac Weekly began a months-long investigation into the state of mental health and mental healthcare on our campus, on college campuses across the country and in the country as a whole. We spoke to students, faculty, staff members, administrators and legislators from varying experiences and backgrounds, compiling data, stories and analysis. The result is this series of stories, which we hope will shed light on the mental health challenges facing Macalester students, contributing in a small way to building a healthier, more supportive and more open school. Readers should also know that this issue contains information about the resources available to students, faculty, staff and the broader Macalester community. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, suicidal thoughts or coming to terms with grief, know this: you are not alone, and you are loved.