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A father is campaigning for change after his son took his own life during university

A father is campaigning for change after his 19-year-old son took his own life during his first year of university.

James Murray wants universities to ask their students if they'll consent to their parents or guardians being told if they're concerned about their child's welfare.

Ben Murray was just eight months into his first year at Bristol University when he took his own life.

James says it was a, "devastating loss" they family "will never get over".

Currently, information isn't shared with parents or guardians about a student's mental health, but, James believes if he was aware of his son's welfare then he could still be alive.

The heart-broken dad wants universities to ask students to allow them to share vital information, if necessary, if they believe the student is at risk.

94% of students at Bristol University have signed up to allow the university to share information with their parents

Bristol University is the first university in the country to introduce the 'opt in' scheme that James has been campaigning for.

The scheme allows students to tick a box that will allow the university to contact a "trusted person" - either a parent, guardian, or close friend - if they believe the students welfare is in danger.

So far, 94% of students at Bristol University have signed up to allow this sharing of information, something James believes could save many lives.