The father of a dead teenager has told an inquest that the university should have told the family about the daughter’s previous suicide attempt.
Iain Thacker’s 19-year-old daughter Ceara was found hanged in her halls of residence at Liverpool University in May last year, an inquest heard.
He told the coroner that it would have "made a difference" if the family had known about her previous attempts to take her own life.
Mr Thacker, a retired company director from Bradford, said his daughter had suffered with mental health problems since the age of 13 and kept in regular contact with the family after moving to Liverpool to study philosophy in September 2017.
He said the family were not aware she had gone to hospital after taking an overdose in February 2018 and believed she was continuing to take anti-depressant medication.
"Ceara's death was a horrible, terrible shock to us all,” he told the inquest. "We had no idea that she was struggling so much, if we had known what was going on we would have made sure our daughter was properly supported."
He said the family could not understand why the university had not contacted them when she went to hospital or on other occasions when she told them she was suffering with mental health.
"We don't know why Ceara didn't feel able to tell us what was going on,” he said. "However, we feel very strongly that someone in a position of responsibility needed to ask her if she wanted us to be told.
"Someone needed to recognise that they were dealing with a really vulnerable 19-year-old who was living away from home for the first time, who wasn't thinking straight, who wasn't coping and who needed her family to support her. If we had been told what was happening with Ceara we would have made a difference."
Mr Thacker described his daughter as a "perceptive, intelligent, loyal, funny and extremely kind young woman". He said she had began to self-harm as a teenager and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following a sexual assault but had received therapy.
Mr Thacker said she disclosed her mental health problems when applying to university. The court heard on the morning of her death, Ceara had posted on Twitter about the death of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, who took his own life.
She wrote: "Honestly got no words, am so upset. What awful news to wake up to." In a statement, Miss Thacker's friend Aidan Flynn said she had stopped taking anti-depressant medication about three months before her death because it made her feel like a "robot".
He said at about 2.30am on May 11, 2018 he left Miss Thacker in the library and returned to the student accommodation on Brownlow Hill where they both lived, in separate flats. She later sent him a message on the photo sharing app Snapchat to tell him she was home, but then said she had cut herself.
They continued to message throughout the day on Snapchat and Facebook, and shortly before 11pm she sent him a message apologising for being emotional. When
Miss Thacker did not respond to his replies, Mr Flynn went to her flat and he and one of her flatmates contacted residential adviser Imogen Webb after there was no answer at her door.
he court heard Ms Webb gained access to the room and called emergency services after discovering Miss Thacker. Area coroner Anita Bhardwaj said three notes, one addressed to Mr Flynn, one to her boyfriend and another to "World" which contained a web link to a letter she had written, were discovered in her room. The inquest continues.