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Support offered following student deaths

By Paul Ainsworth

EMERGENCY support services for students at Queen’s University have been opened up following the tragic death of two law undergrads within the space of a fortnight. The campus has been left reeling following the deaths of two friends, who were both due to enter their third year of studies this September. It is believed both young men took their own lives, with the latest tragedy occurring just last weekend.

A spokesman for Queen’s explained measures were being taken to offer support to those in the two students’ friendship circle, and other undergrads affected by the deaths.

“Staff at Queen’s offer our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of both students at this very difficult time,” he said.

“We are offering support for any student who might require it, through drop-in care call sessions this week and next, while we would also like to highlight our student counselling service helpline, available between 9am and 5pm on 08088000016.”

President of the Queen’s Students Union, Jason O’Neill said the tragic news had affected many in the local student community.

“The two young men were very close and this is a tragedy felt by all staff and students here at Queen’s,” he said.

“We are now tasked with doing our upmost to raise awareness of the support and counselling services available for young people here, and it’s important students know help is available when they need it.”

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