A student accommodation provider has made personalised digital mental health support available to all its residents across the UK and Ireland.
Real estate firm Hines, via is aparto brand, has become the first purpose-built student accommodation provider to partner with Kooth plc.
The Kooth platform provides free, safe and anonymous access to drop-in chats, counselling, content and self-help tools, 365 days a year. It includes peer-to-peer support, mood journey mapping, research and insights, and self-care help and advice. I
It is also the only digital mental health provider to hold UK-wide accreditation from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
aparto selected Kooth as it delivers an anonymous, integrated and holistic approach to accessing multiple pathways to care with immediate access to help and advice. In addition, Kooth has also focused on supporting young adults during the C-19 pandemic with wider mental health and wellbeing services under acute pressure.
During the UK lockdown, and as a result of limited access to the classroom, children and young adults have struggled with isolation, loneliness and lack of social connection.
Data from Kooth shows that on average children and young adults were creating 38 per cent more articles and forum questions, and there was a 55 per cent rise in comments per service user.
Alongside Kooth, aparto offers a range of holistic experiences for its residents such as DIY interior days, cook alongs, yoga and Pilates sessions, calligraphy and networking clubs. This experience includes mental health and wellbeing with many of aparto’s on-site staff trained counsellors.
“We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Kooth which is a forward-thinking platform, fit for the digital age, providing and delivering crucial support to students and staff alike,” says Tom Rix, managing director – operations, at aparto.
“We really care about our residents’ mental health and wellbeing and, for us, this is a fundamental pillar of what we stand for as an organisation. Working with Kooth, we will reach all students who are experiencing mental health concerns who may be currently ‘locked-out’ of traditional routes or experiencing a delay in care.
“This will be a complementary tool to help support universities in their drive to address this pressing issue.”
James Murray, director at Kooth plc, adds: “University should be fun but that transition from school, and to work, can be stressful.
“Young people go from being ‘children’ to ‘adults’ in the space of 10 weeks. Some struggle to connect, miss the support structure at home and won’t disclose their stress and anxiety.
“Kooth is delighted that aparto will be offering anonymous counselling and digital self-help to improve the student experience in their home from home.”