University of Sussex students get text support for mental health

STUDENTS who are feeling depressed or overwhelmed can now seek help with a new SMS service.

Young people moving to Sussex for university this week can access 24/7 digital help and get text advice from a trained volunteer.

College students are at higher risk of developing mental health problems because many people first have mental health problems or seek help first when they are at university, mental health charity Mind.

Moving to university will be the first time living away from home for many students.

Young people who are anxious, stressed, depressed or overwhelmed can text SUSSEX to 85258 for mental health support.

dr Claire Woolcock, Interim Chief Medical Director of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to partner with Shout to bring this service to Sussex and offer a digital solution that will particularly meet the needs of young people.

“Especially for students navigating the pressures of college life, having 24-hour psychological support available could be life-saving.”

Nearly 30,000 students accessed the texting service across the country in 2021, with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts identified as top concerns, the charity said.

More than half of the students who contacted the service sought help between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., highlighting the need for the 24-hour service. University of Sussex students get text support for mental health

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