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Researcher cautions against initiatives to reduce student suicide that lack evidence

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 19 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3969
  1. Laura Nunez-Mulder
  1. The BMJ

Universities are implementing policies to reduce suicide among students and improve mental health with little evidence that they will make any difference, a researcher has warned.

A total of 5821 suicides were reported in the UK in 2017, 10.1 deaths per 100 000 population, a proportion among the lowest since records began in 1981.1 About one in 60 deaths by suicide in 2017 (95) were carried out by a student in higher education.12

Data also show that the proportion of university students declaring a mental health condition has more than tripled in recent years, from 0.8% in 2010-11 to 2.5% …

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