A BBC investigation has found that during the first UK lockdown over March through to May there were at least 10 suspected student suicides at UK universities, according to a freedom of information requests submitted to 137 institutions.
This BBC investigation also analysed local news reports, spoke to family members and friends and found that since March there has been at least 17 additional suspected student suicides, 12 of which took place since students returned to universities on September 2nd.
BBC Three’s Hannah Price speaks to the friends and family of Finn Kitson, a first-year student at Manchester University, who is thought to have taken his own life in October. She investigates how many universities record the number of suspected student suicides, and meets with Universities UK, the body representing universities across the UK to ask what further help is needed to support student mental health.
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Watch the full documentary: ‘The Student Mental Health Crisis’ on BBC iPlayer.
Reporter: Hannah Price
Researcher: Jade Thompson
Filmed by: James Anderson, James Stewart, Brandon Brown, Ruth Evans and Tom Beal
Additional editing: Tom Beal
Associate Producer: Bernadette Kitterick
Graphics: Gerard Groves
Editors: Owen Kean and Jon Jones
Produced and Directed by: Bryony Hopkins
Executive Producer: Kimberley Rowell