Signposting students to better mental health
Last year ASK4 partnered with Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, to support them in improving the wellbeing of the user group that we serve.
When speaking to students, one thing becomes clear. The connectivity provided by ASK4 in their accommodation enables them to stay in touch with family and friends back home, and provides them with the means to foster new friendships during their time away. But we understand that tech can only go so far, and in-person support is vital for enabling students to manage their own mental health.
A focus on Education and Training
Student Minds empowers students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. They train students and staff in universities across the UK to deliver student-led peer support interventions, as well as research-driven campaigns and workshops. By working collaboratively across sectors, they share best practice and ensure that the student voice influences decisions about student mental health.
The funding from ASK4 is enabling Student Minds to provide training and a 9 month coaching programme for 15 student leaders. With almost 50% of young people entering into Higher Education and roughly a third of those reporting psychological distress during these formative years, support for these types of initiatives is needed now more than ever, and we look forward to being able to share some of the positive outcomes from this programme in the coming months.
Our research on Tech and Student Loneliness highlighted that today’s students are highly proficient at using technology as a support mechanism, but that signposting for help and resources for those struggling is key. As part of our partnership, ASK4 connected students will now be signposted to the services offered by Student Minds through our website, support portal, email campaigns and support team email signatures.
Through helping to raise the Student Minds profile, alongside supporting the training of student leaders, we hope that more students will get access the support they need during their time at university.