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College students and staff given access to vital mental health support

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Students across the north-east have been given increasing access to potentially vital mental health services through a new partnership.

North East Scotland College (Nescol) has begun working with Big White Wall, which offers a 24-hour anonymous online helpline.

Members can access “talkabout” sessions, work on creating “a personal journey” and help to identify their goals.

They can also complete self-assessments to gain a better understanding of what they are experiencing.

The service is also being made available to college staff.

Principal Neil Cowie said: “Supporting our students and staff with their mental health is an ongoing priority at Nescol and we feel it is important, especially at this moment in time, to provide access to digital services which are available at all times.

“This will complement an ever-evolving range of online and offline options we already support our students to access.

“We are delighted to partner with Big White Wall, the leading platform in this area, to ensure our students can connect with others whenever they need it most.”

Henry Jones, Big White Wall chief executive, said: “Students will be able to access a diverse and vibrant community of members, many of whom are students, to get support for their mental health, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

While Nescol’s facilities are closed, it is still providing thousands of hours of online classes every week.

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