Guidance from Universities UK and charity Papyrus seeks to halt rise in student deaths

All university staff who deal with students should receive training in suicide intervention and prevention, according to new guidelines.

But the guidance – published by the Universities UK (UUK) group and the youth suicide prevention charity Papyrus – makes only brief references to data protection issues that could block universities from contacting the families of vulnerable students.

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26 March 2019