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Student suicides almost double in a decade

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Student suicides are at their highest level in a decade – a rate of nearly three a week.

130 students took their own lives in 2014, up from 127 in 2010 and a significant increase from the 75 recorded in 2007.

Three quarters of suicides were from male students, highlighting the need for more targeted support.

The statistics, just released by the Office for National Statistics, comes after the news that half of ambulance visits to York University were for suicide attempts.

In the first five weeks of 2016 at York, there were 12 self-harm or suicide attempts where an ambulance was called out - half of all emergencies on campus, up from 32% the year before.

90% of university staff working in these areas reported dealing with the police or coroner last year.

York’s vice-chancellor, Professor Keon Lambert, speaking to the BBC, said it showed a "growing issue, not just for universities but for society as a whole.

"Rates of mental ill-health are increasing, we wanted our staff and students to feel able to talk about what that means for the university."

That report showed the main trigger points were moving away from home for the first time, relationships and money worries.

Samaritans offer free and confidential support by calling freephone 116 123 or visiting samaritans.org.

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