The Missing Piece in Online Safeguarding: Suicide Prevention

2024 Bett speaker, Sam Smith, shares how universities can do more to support students who may be at risk of suicide.

With suicide being the leading cause of death for people under 35, educators are under increased pressure to stop the deadly toll. Far too often, though, safeguarding measures fall short in addressing suicide's covert ally - online content relating to self-harm and suicide. Blocking access to harmful content is just a fraction of the solution. What is crucial is guiding students towards the support they desperately need during their moments of vulnerability.

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