The UK’s leading digital mental health platform, Kooth has developed an online tool for UK university students seeking mental health support for themselves or friends.
By clicking HERE and searching for their university or home postcode, students can discover if Kooth or other online NHS-commissioned mental health services are available, and easily accessible to them while they are at university or at home.
This invaluable resource for both all students is part of an access and awareness campaign from Kooth called ‘What’s on Your Mind?’ Its aim is to ensure that all students have the mental health support they need, whenever and how they need it. The campaign is being supported by UCAS and Universities UK (UUK).
Kooth is a free, anonymous digital mental health platform commissioned across 90 per cent of NHS England. In south east London, students have immediate access to its mental health services and support – 24/7, 365 days a year – by simply using a computer, smartphone or tablet. What’s more, there’s no need for a referral or any waiting lists – which helps students to access the support and guidance, whenever and however they need it.
Dr Nancy Kuchemann, GP and Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Student life can be exhilarating and exciting, but it can also present many young people with challenges that can affect mental health.
“Exam pressures, financial worries and relationship problems or loneliness can all combine and make many students feel anxious and depressed.”
She added: “That’s why I’m so pleased that students in south east London have access to Kooth and am fully supportive of the ‘What’s on Your Mind’ campaign.
“If any student feels that they are struggling, I urge them to access Kooth and seek support, advice and help. The last two years have made many of us aware of the need to discuss and take action on poor mental health. I hope that many students in south east London who are emotionally struggling, use this resource, which will give them the support to cope with the pressures of student life.”
Kooth offers students a full spectrum of digital mental health tools including one-on-one counselling sessions with fully trained practitioners. Counselling sessions are available from midday to 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm to 10pm on the weekend. Appointments can be booked in advance or accessed through a drop-in service. Students using Kooth will also be able to take advantage of a range of self-help materials from reading and contributing to self-help stories, peer-to-peer support via moderated discussion forums as well as personal tools such as an online journal and interactive goal tracker.
What’s more, Kooth is a website, not an app and can be accessed via a web browser on any internet-enabled device. This removed the need for users to download an app, enabling them to access Kooth via the library or other community computers, etc, keeping the mobile data requirements for the site low for users.
explore.kooth.com/uni is live and can be accessed by UK university students immediately.