Scape creates app to support student wellbeing through COVID-19 lockdown

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Student accommodation provider Scape has launched a new app designed to benefit the wellbeing of students who are in lockdown in their university accommodation. 

As well as providing direct contact at any hour of the day through the app, Scape is investing in the continuous wellbeing of its students by providing access to mental health platform Big White Wall.

Big White Wall allows users to anonymously engage with others that may also be struggling by contributing to online forums and providing resources to learn how to manage their mental health. Students can also gain access to a one to one counselling session with a psychologist through a referral if needed.

Scape's portfolio of high-quality student accommodation in London includes Bloomsbury, Greenwich, Mile End, Shoreditch and Wembley.  

The app from Scape is designed to assist students living at Scape’s properties so that students can directly contact a residential manager for support if they are struggling with their mental health. 

Once contact has been made by a student, advice and guidance will be provided by one of 65 mental health trained staff digitally over video to support residents while social contact is limited.

Scape will be launching a series of initiatives and structures to care for their residents including a calendar of social online events for the student community, enrolment onto an online mental health forum and frequent wellbeing monitoring by the residential team.

To help ensure that physical activity is not impacted during the lockdown, fitness and exercise sessions have also been incorporated into the app and student events calendar.

Resident Wellbeing Manager, Tanisha Appleton commented: ”Student wellbeing has always been at the heart of everything we do at Scape, but during this uncertain time it is even more important than ever. 

"Scape believes that social connections and community are key to maintaining wellbeing and a sense of belonging for students, some who may self-isolating in an entirely different part of the country or overseas from their families due to travel bans. Therefore, it is vital that we do everything in our power to maintain their wellbeing and support each and every resident during this period. 

"Along with keeping all residents up to date with the latest PHE advice, we’re confident that these initiatives and structures will support both residents and staff at Scape through this incredibly testing time.”