Published in The Independent, 4th October 2020.

James Murray tells Anna Hart about his struggle to be heard.

James Murray never expected to be standing in a courtroom in Bristol on 1 May 2019: the day of the inquest into his son’s death. Ben was 19 when he lost his life to suicide.

He had moved from London to start his studies at the University of Bristol in September 2017. He died eight months later. Two hours before his death, his father met him for lunch. Murray had no idea that his son’s place at university had been withdrawn, that he hadn’t paid his accommodation or tuition fees despite having access to the funds, that he’d missed an exam and that he’d disclosed to a senior tutor that he was struggling with anxiety and couldn’t connect.

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