Felix Mills: Bristol University student took his own life, inquest concludes

The University of Bristol had recorded 14 student suicides since 2018

A 19-year-old University of Bristol student found dead in city centre accommodation took his own life, a coroner has concluded.

An inquest into the death of politics and internationals studies student Felix Mills was held at Avon Coroners Court yesterday (June 8).

It heard that the teenager from Derbyshire was found dead at accommodation in King Street on January 31.

Senior Coroner Marie Voisin concluded Felix took his own life, but his intention was unknown. She also recorded that he had a history of suicidal thoughts.

The inquest comes after BristolWorld published an investigation which found 19 students at the University of Bristol and University of West of England had taken their own lives since 2018.

University of Bristol student Felix Mills as found dead on January 31

Felix’s death is in addition to the 14 from the University of Bristol.

The university says it operators a ‘single point of access’ for support services and there is an open channel for quick referral to Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) for a suicidal student.

It also operates a 24-hour service supporting students living in halls of residence, and offers ‘same day’ mental health appointments.

Following Felix’s death, Professor Sarah Purdy, pro vice-chancellor for student experience at Bristol University, said: “Felix was a member of several student societies and we are reaching out to his friends and class mates to offer support.

“The death of a student affects the entire university community and I ask that anyone who needs support contacts our wellbeing services who are here to help.”

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