Jisc and London Higher have developed a tool to help students in the capital find mental health support.
The online service, Wellbeing Connect, was launched at the University of Westminster at London Higher Education Week.
Students and staff at 15 London universities can use the service that partners users with NHS and other wellbeing services in the vicinity. Enabled for PC and mobile phones, Wellbeing Connect displays results on an interactive map, helping students locate the service most proximate to them or their campus.
This tool aims to make finding nearby NHS services for London’s students easier
– Dr Diana Beech, London Higher
Sally Olohan, head of student support and residential life at the University of Westminster, acted as chair of the Wellbeing Connect steering group.
“Working collaboratively, we have been able to engage student services practitioners and students across the capital throughout the development process,” said Olohan. “This has ensured that the tool reflects the needs of our students, improving access to information about NHS and other specialist services that can make a real difference to their health and wellbeing while they are studying.”
Dr Diana Beech, chief executive of London Higher, said the service was particularly vital because “the city’s students are geographically diverse” and many “may be moving into London for the first time, or from a different area of the city where provision is different”.
“This tool aims to make finding nearby NHS services for London’s students easier and helps students and staff to use and recommend services that are trusted and proven through existing institutional relationships,” added Beech.