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New mental health support service launched for Reading students

A new mental health support service has been launched for students at Reading University.

The service is called 'Big White Wall', and is an online community for university students who are feeling stressed, anxious, down or overwhelmed.

Members can get help and support from their peers by sharing their thoughts and feelings anonymously on the 'White Wall',  which is monitored by trained professionals.

The support service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and University of Reading students can sign up to the service for free.

Students can also access self-help resources on topics like anxiety, depression, eating and drinking, relationships and sleep.

Selina Patankar-Owens, Head of Student Wellbeing Services, said:

"Big White Wall is one of the many services on offer to support students' mental and physical wellbeing, and is a great resource if you're struggling with issues such as low mood, anxiety or stress, as you can access it in the evenings or at weekends when University counselling services aren't available. 

"Students can share their feelings anonymously and connect with people who are experiencing similar things, and it can be used on its own, while they're on the waiting list for University counselling services, or alongside professional treatment."

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