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Prevention Group

The Prevention team works to ensure a whole-university approach to suicide prevention and the development of informed, supported and compassionate communities at St Andrews.

The group meets once per semester to address:

  • direct support for individuals (via Student Services or Occupational Health - and in conjunction with NHS support, where appropriate);
  • a wide range of publicity and information campaigns in conjunction with the Student Mental Health Agreement and Mental Health Strategy groups.
  • the development and maintenance of supportive capacity, and awareness that suicide prevention is everybody’s business.

The Prevention group is chaired by the Head of Wellbeing and Mediation, with core representation including Student Services, the Students’ Association, Nightline, Occupational Health, Chaplaincy, Corporate Communications, Environmental, Health and Safety Services, Human Resources, Head of Special Projects, NHS and third sector agency representatives.


To contact the Prevention Group,
please email the Head of Wellbeing and Mediation


For emergencies or urgent support, please consult the University’s crisis contact pages below:

Students – In crisis now?

Staff – Crisis contact points

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Advice and Support Centre
79 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2020


Student services

Eden Court
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AS
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2720
Fax:+44 (0)1334 46 4007

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We welcome feedback about your experience with Student Services. Whether your experience has been positive or negative we would like to hear about it so we can understand what we did right or where we could have done better. If there are issues with the service that need to be resolved or if you haven’t formed a good rapport with your Adviser/Counsellor we may put you in touch with an alternative member of our team or signpost you to an external source of support (if appropriate). Please share your feedback with Adam Welstead ( or Dr Penny Turnbull ( Assistant Directors of Student Services. Alternatively, you can fill in our Comments and Suggestions online survey.

Please also be aware that the University has Complaints Handling Procedure for formally addressing concerns.

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