A Southern University cheerleader who practiced writing suicide notes in her teens has taken her own life.
“May this day bring me rest and peace.” Ariana Miller wrote in a lengthy suicide note on her Instagram page on Wednesday.
Her body was found in the Mississippi River after school officials were notified of her suicide note around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
In her post that has received over 65,000 likes, Miller wrote about fighting suicidal urges in her younger years.
“I have fought this urge since my early teenage years.. I gave this life all the fight I had. To everyone who has entered my life I’m so grateful and I can only imagine how this may find you.”
“To the people in my life I pray you learn to vocalize your feelings and get help always!!! I failed at that and I’m afraid it’s to late. MOM, THANKYOU SO MUCH, I pray you know I’m at rest now! You would’ve given anything to see me happy, you have given everything to see me happy! I’m happy in the water where everything is still and peaceful. I have written so many suicide notes in my life but finally, I’ve reached my end. I hope this teaches everyone to check on your “strong” friends, be present always! I’m contradicting myself but NEVER give up!!!”
The Southern University and A&M College issued a statement on Twitter:
“We mourn the loss of Arlana Miller, a freshman’ Southern University Cheerleader.
On May 4, 2022, at approximately 9PM, Southern University Athletic Department was notified of a social media post which ultimately led to this unfortunate announcement.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience.
Counseling is available at the University Counseling Center for all students and specifically for student-athletes within the department. 24/7 counseling services are available at Holistic Behavioral Health Hotline. Please call (225)368-9602.
We ask for your prayers, love, and support.
Our deepest sympathy to The Miller family, SU Cheer, & friends.
We love you Arlana
Our entire campus community is deeply saddened by the untimely death of Arlana Miller, a freshman who was majoring in agriculture on the Baton Rouge campus. Arlana was a native of Texas and one of our Southern University cheerleaders. pic.twitter.com/FJ7qMPTamn
— Southern University (@SouthernU_BR) May 5, 2022