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University Platform to Offer Immediate Anonymous Mental Health Support

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Robert Gordon University (RGU) has marked Mental Health Awareness Week by launching the latest step in its mental health master plan: an online self-help resource to improve the mental well-being of staff and students.

The SilverCloud platform is self-directed and offers a choice of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programmes on depression, anxiety, stress and body image.These programmes are free, flexible and easy to use for all staff and students at RGU.

SilverCloud is the latest initiative launched at the University to improve the mental health and well-being of its staff and student community.

Filippo Antoniazzi, Director of Student Life, said: ‘RGU has a long-standing commitment to supporting the well-being of its staff and students, and we have taken a number of steps to improve our provision in this area.

‘From signing our NUS Student Mental Health Agreement, to increasing the number of support counsellors and now the launch of SilverCloud, we want to ensure that every member of our community has access to support wherever and whenever they need it.’

SilverCloud has been created in partnership between university staff and RGU: Union, to support those individuals who would prefer an anonymous service that is tailored to their specific needs.

Adam Johnston, Student President of Education and Welfare, campaigned on a promise to improve mental health services on campus and welcomes the launch of SilverCloud.

He said: ‘Every single student struggles with mental health at some point and it can arise from a number of issues.

‘There are so many new and increasingly complex problems facing students today, but together in partnership with the university we have been making a real change to life at RGU.”

SilverCloud aims to help people help themselves before they reach a crisis level. Each of the motivational programmes consists of seven to eight modules, full of information and techniques, which people can complete at their pace and start applying to their daily life.

For more information or to begin using SilverCloud, click here

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