Published on: 23rd May 2018
More could be done to support students who are vulnerable to suicide, a senior Welsh Government advisor has said.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show 12 students in Wales died by suicide in 2016, the highest number in the last 15 years.
The number of students needing support for mental health issues has risen, according to Universities UK.
The family of a student who killed himself three months ago has spoken out about the pressures he was under.
Prof Ann John, chairwoman of the National Advisory Group to the Welsh Government on suicide prevention, told the BBC’s Wales Live programme: “It’s actually a huge transition going to university.
“It takes investment that’s on a par with the investment we put into physical disorders.
“We need to put [the same] into mental disorders in young people because if we can deal with things when people are young, then we’re sort of stepping them off that trajectory.”
Source: BBC News