Mother of university student who died launches charity in her memory

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The mother of a university student who died is planning to launch a mental health charity in her memory.

Saher Ahmad, 20, was in her third-year studying archaeology at the university when she was found dead inside her student home.

An inquest into her death, opened in February, found that she had a history of depression. It comes to a conclusion at a hearing on 13 October.

Fozia Zaheer, Saher’s mother, is planning to launch a mental health charity in her memory and to help other students.

Speaking to York Vision, she said: “The main objective is to tackle mental health stigma for students, families and their peers, especially at university.

“We think this is important because we want to raise awareness around mental health and help people understand how to pick up signs in themselves and others, and it will be a fitting memory for my daughter who loved to help others.”

The charity is currently being registered with the Charity Commission with the help of Fozia’s daughter, Amna, and they are looking for support for the next stage.

Fozia said: “We want students to be involved, and we’ve had a very good response from the University of York Archaeology Society.

“The department is helping us develop a video which can be shown at freshers week.

“Nothing can bring her back but if I can help one family not to go through what we went through, it will be worthwhile.”

Students can get involved by contacting the family via the Saher’s Trust website at