New web-based tool for students.

The University has procured a new web based tool to support our students this academic year called Big White Wall, an anonymous online peer support network, which is available 24/7, moderated and facilitated by clinicians. It is widely used within the HE sector, as it promotes early intervention and self-management of mental health and wellbeing. BWW also offers guided support courses, focused on a range of wellbeing topics, meaning that it is a far-reaching resource for students to access whilst they are awaiting an appointment or to access on their own initiative.

90% of BWW users access the product out of hours and therefore, it is going to enhance our out of hours offer. There are rigorous risk management processes in place, which again will assist us in managing growing levels of risk across our student population. BWW will also give staff across campus an alternative medium to signpost to. For a student not at risk, it will also provide instant support and guidance, either independently, or whilst they await a Wellbeing/Counselling appointment.

All that is needed to access BWW is an Edge Hill student email account and an internet connection and students can access it independently, without the need for a referral. Please do signpost students to this resource as much as you can.

We really feel that BWW will be an invaluable addition to our Wellbeing and Counselling service and to the Edge Hill student community.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch via studentwellbeing@edgehill.ac.uk.

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