Mental Health & Higher Education/University

Evidence suggests that the frequency of mental health conditions has risen in the university student population in the last decade. In the UK, the percentage of 18 to 25 year-olds entering the unique university environment has increased, making the student population more than ever representative of the general population, an age range in which the prevalence of mental health conditions is also rising at its fastest ever rate.

Evidence from other countries, most notably Australia and the USA, shows that the increasing prevalence of mental health conditions in university students is a global concern. In addition, the Covid19 pandemic caused devastating physical, social, functional and psychological effects upon individuals, families, communities, countries, and the whole world. As a result, the University students faced unprecedented challenges to their mental health & well-being.

Though many unique Higher Education and University-specific pressures and limited counselling services are available for the students through universities, higher education bodies, national student mental health charities, researchers, counselling service providers and much more. Students and professionals have called for personally tailored mental health support to be made available to students to access remotely and be more specific to the unique challenges they face in the University context.
To answer this call for help, we created the [email protected] mobile app.

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[email protected] Mobile App

The [email protected] (pronounced 'a mate at uni') uses a patent-pending innovative synthesis of the device measured data from the mobile phone & wearables with an array of unique user input data to provide a bespoke university student mental health management system for every user.

[email protected] is research-informed and theoretically underpinned to provide a highly personalised mental health management system. It assesses factors identified as being specific to mental health in the Higher Education/University context and variables commonly associated with a growing number of mental health conditions in any setting. It also allows users to monitor any number of other factors that they deem important to them and their mental health. As such, [email protected] prioritises a 'whole person' rather than a 'condition focussed' approach to mental health management, answering calls from mental health organisations for greater involvement of individuals with lived experience in the development of their own mental health management, through what we have termed 'Putting the ‘Me’ into Mental Health Management'.

[email protected] uses underpinning theory from social models of health care that promote inclusion of both formal and informal networks of support for people to manage their mental health. It includes elements of 'nudge theory' that support the potentially significant impact on mental health-related behaviours by receiving personally relevant and in [email protected] fully automated 'nudges' towards better mental health-related behaviours. By incorporating the personally identified effective strategies for behaviour change and the subsequent receipt when necessary of fully automated 'nudges' with these strategies, we believe [email protected] will provide a unique opportunity to more swiftly combat the often-unnoticed initial progression towards declining mental health.

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University students with a mental health management system that:

Is developed from their own understanding and appreciation of their mental health with the support from their mental health mentor.

Incorporates monitoring of device measured and user-entered data for factors that the user identifies as being the most relevant for their own mental health management whilst at University.

Prioritises appreciation of the user's own personal indicators of potential mental health decline, including those specific to University life and incorporates user-defined acceptable variations in these chosen indicators and enables the user to set limits of acceptability for every behaviour they feel could be indicative of impending mental health decline.

Embeds the user's own experiences and understanding of personally effective strategies to empower them to manage their own mental health more effectively.

Permits the user to identify their own support networks to receive notifications based on the data automatically suggested by the individual or by the combinations of other factors that their mental health could be heading for a decline.

Provides an immediate alert system to use in a mental health emergency.

[email protected] Automatically Knows:

When to send you a reinforcement message when things are going well, to tell you to keep doing them!

When to nudge you with your strategies, messages, images, and resources to help you improve your most personal and University-specific mental health-related behaviours.

When to notify your chosen informal, personal and social networks to let them know you need some support.

When to alert your chosen formal university and other mental health professional network if your mental health continues to show immediate signs of decline.

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How your mental health has been over a period of time. It can also help you see the links between factors that contribute to your overall mental health.

[email protected] is a ground-breaking app designed to empower students to fully appreciate and manage their mental health and prioritise their personal, social & professional support needs to tailor a truly unique mental health management system.

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[email protected] ('a mate at uni') uses a patent-pending innovative synthesis of the device measured data from the mobile phone & wearables with an array of unique user input data to provide a bespoke university student mental health management system for every user.

[email protected] assesses factors identified as being specific to mental health in the Higher Education/University context and variables commonly associated with a growing number of mental health conditions in any setting.

[email protected] uses underpinning theory from social models of health care and includes elements of 'nudge theory' to enable receipt of automated personally relevant 'nudges' towards better mental health-related behaviours.

[email protected] provides complete insight reports to review the user's mental health either alone or with their mentor when planning for better mental health.

[email protected] is research-informed and theoretically underpinned to provide a highly personalised mental health management system.

[email protected] allows users to monitor any number of other factors that they deem important to them and their mental health.

[email protected] provides a unique mental health management opportunity to combat the often-unnoticed progression towards declining mental health swiftly.

[email protected] prioritises a 'whole person' rather than a 'condition focussed' approach to mental health management, answering calls from mental health organisations for greater involvement of individuals with lived experience in the development of their own mental health management, through what we have termed 'Putting the 'me' in mental health'.

[email protected] is an app that provides university students with a Mental Health Management System that: