Three UoB students commit suicide

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2 weeks ago, on the 11th of November, a first year Bristol law student committed suicide. He was found dead in Churchill Hall, and the police confirmed he took his own life.

It comes as the 3rd reported suicide this term.

The university has described these events as ‘unrelated’ and have confirmed investigations will be carried out. A university spokesperson says ‘there is no reason to believe [these deaths] represent a wider issue , stating that the university of Bristol has around 22,000 students.’

However, Smaratins research shows that nationally 6,122 suicides were registered in the UK last year, corresponding to 1 in 10,000.

All 3 suicides have occurred in halls of residences and have led to questions being asked about the effectiveness of student support and counselling offered to Bristol university students.

Bristol SUs current campaign ‘Mind Your Head’ addresses the issues surrounding mental health, and urge any student struggling to make use of their services.

If you've been affected by any of the issues discussed in this report, please contact contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org

Bristols Student counselling services at 0117 954 6655

Sources

http://epigram.org.uk/lead-article/2016/11/three-student-suicides-reported-term

http://www.samaritans.org/about-us/our-research/facts-and-figures-about-suicide