The BBC is reporting that a new study of suicides among young people in Northern Ireland shows how student life can be “fraught with loneliness and anxiety”.
The study by Ulster University looks at the suicides of 355 men and women. It is the first time such research has been carried out among local people aged under 25.
The keynote speaker is Professor Siobhan O’Neill from Ulster University.
“Young people who die by suicide are somewhat different from the older age groups; over half will have had a prior attempt; 64% of the males will have used alcohol at the time of death,” she said.
“More than half of those involved in the study were not known to have mental health problems,” Professor O’Neill added.
“That’s worrying as we need to encourage more young people to talk about their feelings, their health and when necessary to ask for help.”
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