The free app will provide instant peer support for students who need someone to talk to.
Date: 12 October 2020
London Met has partnered with TalkCampus to provide students with instant help for mental health support.
University life is an exciting time but it can be daunting too. For many people, it means living away from home for the first time, or just getting used to a new way of life. TalkCampus allows students to speak anonymously with students from universities and colleges around the world going through the same struggles you are, at any time, day or night. It offers a peer-support community that values research, evidence and impact to make sure students get the best help possible.
Sarah Richardson, Head of Student Services at London Met, said: “The health and wellbeing of our students is our top priority and we’re delighted to partner with TalkCampus to provide this additional level of support. We hope this will complement our in-house Student Services team, which covers the counselling service as well as the disability and dyslexia service (DDS), by providing students with instant access to reassurance and support, at any time of day.”
One student who uses the app for support said, "it's been great so far, I've learned a lot of things, been able to talk about my feelings without the fear of being judged and helped a lot of people which I love."
While another said, "having a safe space to rant and rave about your struggles really helps to lessen them. This app gives you that in an easy to navigate space full of people sharing the same experiences. Really just what I needed right now."
Students are also able to use TalkCampus to support those in need, if they don’t need it themselves. A student who uses it as a volunteering platform to support others said, "it’s really nice to see how people feel better and how we connect with each other! I only started using TalkCampus during the Covid lockdown and I have made a few friends. It’s nice to know sometimes that I made someone’s day better!"
The app has a number of safeguarding features to protect its users, including a global safety team, community moderation, age restrictions, and quick responses to reported content.