University urges students to use support services after first year student death confirmed

Students have been urged by the University to use support services available after the announcement of the third student death in over two weeks.

The full list of Bristol's support services are available here.

The University has confirmed the ‘sudden and unexpected death of [a] first year English student’ who passed away on Saturday 5th May.

The statement continues: ‘There are no suspicious circumstances around his death, and an inquest will be held by the Coroner in due course. We have spoken with [the student’s] family who our thoughts are with.

‘We work hard every day to keep our students safe and secure and to provide an environment and support network where they can thrive and grow. When we hear the news of a student death it hits us all very hard. It will be particularly distressing for those who knew [the student].

‘This is the third death in a short period of time and the University is doing everything we can, with the support of partner agencies, to support all those affected by this news.

‘Shock and sadness are entirely normal and understandable responses, and we would encourage any of our students and staff who are affected to contact University wellbeing services for help as well as seek support from friends or family. Information about the support available can be found on our website under our staff and student pages.

‘We know this can be a particularly stressful time of year with exams coming up and would encourage our students to make use of the advice and support available to help with this.’

Most people who are thinking of taking their own life have shown warning signs beforehand.
These can include becoming depressed, showing sudden changes in behaviour, talking about wanting to die and feelings of hopelessness.  These feelings do improve and can be treated.

If you are concerned about someone, or need help yourself, please contact the Samaritans on 116 123.

Other student support services include:
Young Minds 0808 802 5544
Papyrus 0800 068 41 41
Student Minds

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