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Spectrum Life to provide mental health support to Aberdeen students

African psychologist hold hands of girl patient, close up.
Students will have access to counsellors at all hours and thousands of hours of content on mental health and wellbeing. Supplied by Shutterstock.

Digital wellbeing provider Spectrum Life has announced a partnership with Aberdeen University to provide students with access to support.

More than 13,000 students will now have round-the-clock access to a team of counsellors and psychotherapists.

The partnership means digital content will be available online and through an app, as well as access to the company’s digital gym and digital wellbeing series.

Students will get the help needed

Students will also have access to the content via an app.
Students will also have access to the content via an app. Picture by Scott Baxter.

As a leading provider of corporate and student mental health and wellbeing services, Spectrum Life has developed thousands of hours of tailored content for Aberdeen University.

Created by clinical experts, it will cover topics of health, wellbeing, fitness, nutrition and mindfulness.

Dr. Emelina Ellis, director of clinical operations at Spectrum Life said the company was “delighted” to have the opportunity.

“Student mental health and wellbeing is a major concern and priority for third-level institutions globally,” she said. “The demand on existing, on-site resources is now greater than ever before.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with the University of Aberdeen to provide enhanced mental health and wellbeing support their student population, aiding their fantastic in-house team and ensuring that all students can get the support they need.”

A ‘significant increase in demand’ for support

The service is designed to be fully-integrated into existing on-site student mental health and wellbeing resources already available at the university.

Nick Edwards, acting deputy director of people and head of student support, at Aberdeen University said the pandemic has only increased the need for mental health support.

He said: “For a number of years we, like the rest of the sector, have seen a significant increase in the demand for mental health support and post-pandemic it has become even more important that our students have the ability to speak to a trained professional as soon as possible if they need support.

“Working with Spectrum Life we’ve been able to enhance our existing student support services to ensure that our students have access to immediate in-the-moment support which can work alongside our own services to ensure each student is getting the appropriate level of care for their situation at the right time.”

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