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Suicidal student sought treatment from Carleton counsellors

University says it did all it could to help student found dead last weekend

Officials at Carleton University say they did all they could for a suicidal freshman whose body is believed to have been found along the Rideau River last weekend. A boater is believed to have found the body of 18-year-old Nadia Kajouji along the river on Sunday, about three kilometres from Carleton’s campus.

Kajouji’s family has complained the school didn’t do enough to inform them of Nadia’s problems or to prevent her suicide. The school’s vice-president Suzanne Blanchard says students won’t trust counsellors if they start telling parents of their problems.

Counsellors are bound by confidentiality laws from revealing details of Kajouji’s depression. Parents are only informed if a crisis situation involves the police. According to Blanchard, the school reviewed the treatment program the girl received on campus, and it is satisfied everything was done that could be done.

An autopsy and toxicology tests are being conducted on the body to try to determine the cause of death. Her father, Mohamad Kajouji, has said she talked about suicide with someone from the United States on MSN messenger the day she disappeared.

Kajouji was last seen leaving her dorm room about 11 p.m. on March 9, when she told a friend she was going skating. She took her skates and university access card, and left her wallet behind.

Police said the body showed no evidence of trauma.

With a report from CP

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