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UUK publishes student suicide prevention guide

Guidance for university leaders on how to prevent student suicide has been released by vice-chancellors’ group Universities UK.

Launching a short version of the guide on 5 September, UUK said that 95 university students had taken their own lives in the 2016-17 academic year. The guide, written by UUK and the youth suicide prevention charity Papyrus, includes advice for leaders on how to make campuses safer and how to intervene when a student is experiencing difficulties.

“Papyrus has many years’ experience working in community-based suicide prevention initiatives, including universities. We were therefore delighted to be asked to co-produce this guide,” said Papyrus deputy chief executive Nina Clarke in a statement.

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