Family of soccer star Katie Meyer files wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford University after she died by suicide last year
Court papers revealed that former Stanford swimmer had been treated medically for depression in 2001
The lawsuit claimed Stanford officials knew her depression was ‘a danger to her life but took no action’
Former Stanford swimmer Katie Meyer is suing the university after she died by suicide in April last year. The court papers revealed that Meyer had been treated medically for depression in 2001, causing her to feel ‘overwhelmed’.
‘Ms Meyer could have received timely mental health counseling for her depression and anxiety and access to suicide prevention services that her friends and family could have accessed had she had them,’ the lawsuit stated.
According to court papers, Meyer, who had been part of a swim team, had been depressed in the past, suffering from anxiety, and had tried unsuccessfully ‘to commit suicide multiple times.’
On Monday, the court papers revealed, Meyer had been treated medically for depression in 2001, causing her to feel ‘overwhelmed.’
Court papers submitted by Myers’ lawyer in the wrongful death case have revealed new details about her mental health.
Meyer’s death by suicide in April last year had occurred days after a swim meet which was to determine who would represent the country at the Olympics.
The Associated Press reported in July that Meyer had told doctors at Stanford University that she was planning to kill herself so that she could become a national champion with the Stanford women’s swimming team.
In court papers, Myers’ lawyer Robert S. Tarrant, who is from the firm of Sheppard Mullin and is representing her, said she was treated for depression in 2001.
The documents also stated that after 2001, “Ms. Meyer attempted to commit suicide multiple times, but always survived… she took at least 13 medications for depression and anxiety and was on medication for her anxiety and for sleep problems following her surgery.”
The lawsuit stated that Stanford officials “knew (Meyer)s depression