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Tampere University Student's Handbook

Death in the Student Community

What to do if a student dies

The guidelines are intended for students of the Tampere University and those working in student associations.  

What should I do if I receive information about a student´s death?

If you receive information that a student at Tampere University has died, please contact the Head of Study Services at your own faculty as soon as possible. The Head of Study Services acts as the university’s contact person in these situations and is responsible, for example, for contacting close relatives and providing information on the death at the faculty. 

Head of Study Services:

Where can I get quick personal help to deal with the situation?

Mieli mental health organisation

  • Crisis Helpline 09 2525 0116 on Fridays 9 am - 1 pm

University chaplains

  • Available to all students in the university, regardless of religion or outlook on life
  • Risto Korhonen / City centre campus tel. 050 383 5391, Mervi Ulmanen / Hervanta campus tel. 050 360 9709, Jussi Houttu / Kauppi campus tel. 040 804 8403
  • Contact by email firstname.lastname [at]

Osviitta Crisis Centre

  • Osviitta offers conversational support quickly (within about 2 weeks), without referral or diagnosis, free of charge. You can come alone, with a partner or friend. 
  • Osviitta is located at Sorinkatu 4 C, 2nd floor.
  • It is recommended to book an appointment in advance, tel. 0400 734 793. Appointment booking Mon-Thu 10–12.

Where can I get help if I have prolonged anxiety?

A crisis situation can lead to prolonged anxiety, in which case you can contact FSHS services. Before you can be referred to any FSHS service, your need for treatment will be assessed by the FSHS. You can contact the FSHS using the service forms provided in the Self online service, in SelfChat or by phone to have your need for treatment assessed.

Where can we get support for a student group/student association?

You can discuss the needs of the student community with the faculty´s Head of Study Services. The university’s student protection group can organize a discussion session for students, where the feelings aroused by the situation are discussed under the guidance of an expert. The Head of Study Services agrees with the student protection group on the organization of the discussion session. The discussion session is usually held a few weeks after the incident.


For more information, please contact student protection group, opiskelusuojeluryhma.tau [at] (opiskelusuojeluryhma[dot]tau[at]tuni[dot]fi).


Published: 16.1.2024
Updated: 17.1.2024