Student suicide statistics published for 2016/17

Data on suicide rates among students has been revealed for the first time. The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, estimates that 95 students took their lives during the 2016/2017 academic year. The number is more or less consistent with previous years.

Nearly two thirds of completed suicides were by young men. Most of the students who took their lives were studying at an undergraduate level.


Lower than the general population

There were around 2 million students studying in universities in England and Wales in the 2016/2017 academic year. This means the suicide rate among students is 4.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

This is significantly lower than the general population.


Although there is a lower rate of student suicide among university students in England and Wales compared with the general population of similar ages, there is no room for complacency here. This remains an urgent challenge for universities and society

John de Pury, Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK

Help is available

Help and support is available right now if you need it. You don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.

These free helplines are there to help when you’re feeling down or desperate.

Samaritans – for everyone
Call 116 123
Email jo@samaritans.org

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Visit the webchat page

Papyrus – for people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm
Text 07786 209697
Email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Find out more information on the NHS website.


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