Universities UK and Papyrus, the UK's national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, have published guidance to help universities prevent student suicides. The guidance covers the following areas:
An advisory group, chaired by Professor Hugh Brady (Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol), was formed to shape and advise on this work.
Universities UK is partnering with the University of Worcester to collect research data on incidences of student suicide, recording and monitoring, current suicide prevention and postvention strategies across the higher education sector and barriers/facilitators that might influence provision. This PhD research project has been match-funded by the James Wentworth Stanley Memorial Fund (lead researcher: Chantal Vinyard (PhD student).
Another related PhD research project is exploring postvention support needs and roles for staff in higher education following a student suicide (lead researcher: Hilary Causer, PhD student).
The University of Worcester student suicide research team led by Professor Jo Smith includes: Chantal Vinyard (PhD student); Hilary Causer (PhD Student); Prof. Jo Smith; Prof. Eleanor Bradley; Prof. Lisa Jones; Prof. Theresa Mitchell; and Dr Kate Muse.
Universities UK has responded to data published on 25 June 2018 by the Office for National Statistics examining suicide rates among university students.
Previous ONS estimates looking at student suicides covered a range of other students including, those in further education. The new statistics show that between 2013 – 2016, higher education students in England and Wales had a significantly lower suicide rate compared with the general population of similar ages.
For more information on Universities UK's work on mental health, please contact Universities UK's enquiries service or tweet us @UniversitiesUK #stepchange #studentmentalhealth #suicideprevention