The Student Hotel Joins Forces with OpenUp to Give Its Community Access to Mental Health Professionals
The service launches during Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 3-9th and will add to its ongoing mission to provide its community with mental health and well-being resources
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, September 29, 2021 -- The Student Hotel (TSH), the leader in hybrid-hospitality has announced it will offer OpenUp to all TSH community members. They are launching the online service, which provides access to mental health professionals and other resources, in tandem with the upcoming worldwide Mental Illness Awareness Week from October 3-9th. It’s a move that adds to the long-standing care and well-being TSH provides to its community.
The OpenUp app will be available at no cost with unlimited access to anyone who wants it within the TSH community at all of its 15 European locations.
OpenUp adds to the ways in which TSH already helps members cope with their mental health including: staff trained to notice mental health issues, buddies on each floor who host monthly catch ups, event programs including mindfulness, yoga and bootcamps and online events geared toward education on wellness and mind-body health.
Mental health of students in particular has been top of mind during the Covid pandemic. A recent Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics report released earlier this month revealed that one in four people between the ages of 18 and 25 indicated that they were experiencing mental health symptoms in the first half of 2021 -- an increase of 10 percentage points over 2020.
According to a study conducted by The Class Foundation, an Amsterdam-based non-profit think tank focused on improving student living in university cities, TSH scored 63% on measures of well-being, the highest score among all The Class partner operations. Of those 63%, almost 70% reported feeling 'happy' and 'calm' while at TSH.
OpenUp will provide free, unlimited access to certified psychologists who are available online in most residents’ native language. The service also provides videos and other resources to support the individual consultations.
“Mental health is as important as hot water or Wifi. By offering this service we are investing in the well-being of everyone in our community. And we are committed to making sure it delivers. After this year we will evaluate how it is working and see if any improvements might be needed to make sure our residents are truly benefitting,” said Frank Uffen, Managing Director of Community and Partnerships at TSH.
“OpenUp is on a mission to make mental health accessible for all. We are very happy to partner up with The Student Hotel throughout Europe. This is our first community-focused hybrid hospitality brand as a community partner and it is wonderful to be able to help make a difference in the lives of young people who are struggling more than ever right now,” said Gijs Coppens, OpenUp’s founder and a healthcare psychologist.
The OpenUp platform is for anyone who wants to work on his or her mental health. OpenUp makes the step to talk to a psychologist as accessible as possible. On the platform you will also find new content like articles, webinars, e-books etc. This way OpenUp inspires, informs and motivates people to work on their own mental well-being whenever they want or need. OpenUp is on a mission to make mental health accessible for all and bring about a change in behavior where people see their mental health as a part of everyday life.