Rise in calls for student help

Following the death of Sophia Crestani, and in the lead-up to exams today, the University of Otago has reported a rise in requests for compassionate consideration and for appointments at Student Health.

A university spokeswoman said mental health and wellbeing appointments were now being provided in the early evenings.

University exams begin today, and the spokeswoman said both the ''use of services and special consideration provisions has increased''.

Student support manager Sage Burke said there were professional and peer supporters at the drop-in centre on campus ''along with staff at our regular drop-in support service''.

''We have been very busy providing ongoing support to students, parents, and staff in the University community and will continue to do so.''

A scholarship fund has also been set up in Ms Crestani's name, the Sophia Michelle McMillan Crestani Scholarship Fund.

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