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Why Is Yale University Removing Students Seeking Help With Their Depression?

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Yale University removed a student from campus after she sought counseling for her depression. That student is now suing the University. I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle News.

According to ABC News, a woman known only as “ZP” in court documents has filed a lawsuit against Yale University for violating her constitutional rights by placing her on mandatory medical leave in 2016. The woman alleges that she was removed not for her own best interest, but for the best interest of the University. In the same month of her removal, two Yale students had committed suicide. This student also alleges that she was held for involuntary treatment and that the Yale-New Haven Hospital illegally shared her medical information with Yale officials.

Defendants in the lawsuit include Yale President Peter Salovey, school officials, and six unidentified university and hospital employees.

So what happened? The woman was placed on medical withdrawal in the fall of 2016. After she was placed on medical leave, she appealed to Yale officials to let her stay. She said:

"Please let me continue to learn how not to be afraid, continue to grow and become an adult who is strong enough to make a better life for herself...Please let me return to Yale and continue to help myself." Sure enough, she was reinstated in the fall of 2017 and graduated in 2018.

MedCircle.com provides credentialed mental health education on-demand. With the best doctors, compelling interviews, and trending news, your mental health education has never been more accessible. Learn more about depression on our original series, Debunking Depression: Harnessing Your Hardwired Nature To Be Happy, with Dr. Sue Varma. I’m Kyle Kittleson and remember, whatever you’re going through, you got this.

Source: ABC News


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