Endsleigh Insurance has inked an agreement with Unite Students, a leading student accommodation provider in the UK, to deliver a 24/7 wellbeing and mental health support program to benefit 70,000 students.
The wellbeing initiative, crafted to complement Unite Students' existing support services, encompasses Endsleigh's 24/7 Student Wellbeing Helpline and Digital Therapy. These services offer students unrestricted access to a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy-accredited counselling helpline available round the clock.
Additionally, students can access an interpretation service supporting over 240 languages, as well as online resources, including cognitive behavioural therapy.
This collaboration with Endsleigh ensures that students can access support via their mobile devices, providing them with the opportunity to engage in clinician-led therapy through a digital platform precisely when they need it most. This approach bridges the gap before students can secure face-to-face therapy through their university or GP.
According to the Unite Students 2023 Applicant Index, one in three university applicants missed lessons due to mental health issues in the last two years, highlighting the urgency of such support. A quarter of the surveyed applicants planning to start an undergraduate degree in the 2023-24 academic year reported feeling lonely all or most of the time.
“We are thrilled to be providing Unite Students and their residents with our Student Assistance Programme. Students are at a higher risk of mental health issues developing due to loneliness, financial worries, and academic stress. We believe mental health support should be easily accessible to all students as they undergo the challenges and changes that coincide with studying,” Endsleigh CEO Alison Meckiffe said.
Earlier this year, the Howden-owned education insurance broker also announced that it is extending its contents coverage for UK-based businesses which also have private halls of residence properties in the Republic of Ireland.
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