Student debt is being blamed by the founder of a mental health charity for the rise in student suicides in the last four years. 

The figures, uncovered by a Freedom of Information request, show the rise was highest in female students.

The Times Higher Education report:

The number of students taking their own lives rose by 50 per cent in four years, figures have shown.

The statistics, released via a Freedom of Information request made by Ed Pinkney, the founder of Mental Wealth UK, a student mental health charity, was made public through the Office for National Statistics website last week.

According to the data, between 2007 and 2011 the number of suicides by male students in full-time higher education rose by 36 per cent, from 57 to 78. The number of female student suicides per year almost doubled over that time period, from 18 to 34.

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