Student suicides are on the rise, new figures reveal

Why?

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Student suicides have risen to their highest level since at least 2007, according to new figures.

The Office for National Statistics' numbers reveal that there were 130 suicides in England and Wales among full-time students aged 18 or above in 2014.

The year before that, 100 students took their own lives.

There's a noticeable gender divide amongst the deaths - 97 male students took their own lives in 2014, and 33 female students.

This trumps the previous highest figure which was 127 in 2010, and in 2007 - when the ONS began recording student suicides - there were 75.

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Recently there's been much concern regarding the proportion of ambulance requests for incidences of self harm and suicide attempts at universities.

The University of York, for example, published its data from ambulance calls out to show how high demand is for mental health services.

The data revealed that this year up until the first week of February, 12 call outs were for self harm or suicide attempts - 50% of ambulance emergencies at the uni.

There's much speculation flying around as to why this is - that it's social media, the pressure to succeed and money worries causing the rise.

What do you think?

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