Many students suffer from suicidal thoughts and do not receive adequate help: WHO World Mental Health Survey results on suicidal behavior and thoughts among students


Within the StudiCare project, survey results from 21 countries regarding suicidal thoughts and actions among students were evaluated and published in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (download study). A total of 5750 interviews, 1572 students and 702 drop-outs were conducted in the World Health Organizational World Mental Health Survey (WHO-WMH).


Results are alarming: A considerable proportion of the students already reported suicidal thoughts (5.4%) and suicide attempts (1.2%) before starting their studies. Another part also developed suicidal thoughts (2.2%) or concrete actions (0.8%) during their studies.


The horrific part is that, despite this high prevalence, only half of those affected receive some form of support or treatment. .


The results of this study emphasize the need for new measures to reach and support those individuals affected. StudiCare offers itself as an ideal starting point for the prevention of such complaints. 


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