Upwardly mobile: can mobile phone messaging plug the gap in student health support?
The UK’s first health and wellbeing messaging programme for university students.
UniHealth gives students the tools to navigate their first year at university, to take charge of their own physical and mental health and help themselves and each other. Relevant messages coincide with key challenges throughout the year, such as freshers’ week, exams and many more.
How does UniHealth work?
Our system sends messages via instant messaging providers. UniHealth is not an app. Instead, it appears to students in the same way a friend or family member would through a familiar messaging platform.
- UniHealth is the right medium, the right moment and the right voice. Weekly messages cover key issues students are worried about, at any time of day (or night)!
- Our content can be trusted. We are health content specialists and we have achieved NHS accreditation and Health on the Net awards for many of our projects.
- Messages are evidence-based and incorporate proven behavioural change methods in order to encourage lasting positive change in students’ health behaviours.
- Our system works with your existing communications resources, giving you a stronger voice than ever before.
Benefitting you and your students…
Engage all students through one easy interface. Empower your students to manage their own health. Signpost your students to the right university resources and reliable external support services. Supercharge your existing student support and communications.
UniHealth is available to all UK Higher Education Institutions
To find out how to get UniHealth for your students, get in touch today!
1- This includes only students aged 18 and above who were in full time education in England and Wales.
2- The number of students in full time education also increased in this period (HESA, 2016). However, the relative increase in the number of suicides still surpasses the relative increase in the number of students.
3- 12% of men and 37% of women
4- Inappropriate touching, bumping, groping
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- Behaviour change, Mobile messaging