Type of Entry: University guides
Name: PAPYRUS- Suicide Safer Universities
Date added: 1 May 2020
Delivery type: Guide
Owned by: Universities UK & Papyrus (UK)
Cost: No
Target audience: Teachers / educators
Core Elements

Universities UK (UUK) and PAPYRUS have published a university guide to help leaders prevent student suicides.

The guide includes advice on developing a strategy focused specifically on suicide prevention, covering the following areas:

  • Steps to prevent student suicide
  • Intervening when students get into difficulties
  • Best practice for responding to student suicides
  • Case studies on approaches to suicide prevention through partnership working

  • Checklist highlighting steps university leaders can take to make their communities safer

To download the guide, visit the PAPYRUS - Suicide Safer Universities guide.

For more information, please visit the PAPYRUS website.

Supporting Rationale

At least 95 university students took their own lives in the last academic year. Although new data published by the Office for National Statistics shows that there is a significantly lower rate of student suicide among university students in England and Wales compared with the general population, university leaders have said that there is no room for complacency.


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  • Professor Steve West, Chair Mental Health in Higher Education Advisory Board Universities UK (quote found on the website for the guide)

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  • This resource was developed with Universities UK – a membership body of Universities in the UK
  • This resource was funded by the Office For Students – the UK national regulator for Universities
Additional Information

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The aim of the ZSA Resources is to introduce users to a range of existing and new resources with a connection to supporting people with their mental health, bring awareness to and help prevent incidences of suicide.  The ZSA do not endorse individual resources but instead aim to present standardised information to enable the user to make an informed decision over its use.

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Content last updated: 31/10/2022.

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