University regulator unveils £14m mental health scheme to reduce student suicides

A £14.5m programme to help reduce the number of student suicides at universities and colleges in England has been unveiled by the higher education regulator. The Independent reports.

Nicola Dandridge, the head of the Office for Students (OfS), has said too many students are having their experience “blighted by mental ill-health” and more should be done to tackle the issue.

One of the projects awarded funding includes an Early Alert Tool, led by Northumbria University, which will identify students at risk of mental health crisis by mining data sources, like social media.

The scheme, which focuses on early warning signs, has been launched in response to figures showing that only one in three people who die by suicide are known to mental health services.

The proportion of full-time UK undergraduate students reporting mental health concerns when they enter university has more than doubled over the last five years, according to recent figures.  

Ten projects have been given funding as part of the collaborative programme, which includes a scheme at the University of Nottingham that will focus on international students.

Meanwhile, the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol, will focus on partnership working between higher education and the NHS to improve mental health support.

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