UK student mental health problem requires modern-day digitally-enabled solutions, says leading mental health expert, Sarah Bateup.

UK student mental health problem requires modern-day digitally-enabled solutions, says leading mental health expert, Sarah Bateup.

Ieso Digital Health strongly welcomes the ultimatum given by the Minister for Universities, Sam Gyimah MP to University vice-chancellors to tackle rising levels of psychological problems experienced by students in their care and the figures showing a trebling of student drop-out rates due mental health problems (1).

Ieso is the UK’s flag-ship provider and award-winning pioneer of clinically validated, digitially-enabled mental health care, available through the NHS IAPT programme. By combining the power of technology with personalised care, Ieso is making high-quality therapy accessible, accountable and affordable for the first time.

Speaking in response to the Ministers pledge to apply fresh thinking with a series of measures including a planned new charter for universities to set standards for support for student mental health, Sarah Bateup, Chief Clinical Officer of Ieso said:

“The student mental health problem requires modern-day digitally-enabled solutions meeting them where they are today; online on their mobile, PC or tablet, providing connected and convenient psychological support, without having to adapt their life to their condition and if the student wishes, we can involve parents too. By combining digital technology with the knowledge and experience of qualified expert clinicians, we are seeing the real-world impact of how digital care pathways are redefining outcomes across a wide range of mental health problems and also removing barriers and stigma.”

Recently released figures by Ieso using NHS IAPT data show that:

  • 66% of all Ieso therapy sessions now take place out of standard 9-to-5 office hours and at weekends
  • 48% more patients complete Ieso’s therapy, compared to the national average for treatment
  • Greater flexibility of online therapy sessions offered by Ieso is reducing appointment no-shows by 31% compared to average national figures for traditional therapy

(1) Higher Education Leavers Statistics: UK, 2016/17

Published 27 Jun 2018
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