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

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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. 


About Open Up: 

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.

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About The Social Hub

The Social Hub is a diverse community where people come to learn, stay, work, and play – previously known as The Student Hotel.

Designed to create meaningful, fun experiences, The Social Hub is your neighbourhood hub to discover, do better and make an impact; it's your space to call home.

Whether you're a local, traveller, student or professional, The Social Hub connects you with passionate people from all walks of life to meet, share ideas and experiences.

And it all happens under one hub. You'll find hotel rooms, student accommodation, coworking and event spaces, restaurants and bars, a gym, lounges – everything that brings people together.

Hybrid hospitality leaders

From design-savvy travelers to next-gen entrepreneurs, The Social Hub welcomes thousands of guests annually to its expanding portfolio of urban properties across Europe. Purpose-built or housed in historic converted buildings, The Social Hub’s industry-leading concept provides blended and flexible spaces to learn, stay, work and play for a night, a week, a month or a year – true, hybrid hospitality.

Founded in 2012, The Social Hub, formerly known as The Student Hotel, is headquartered in Amsterdam and has more than 800 employees. All The Social Hub properties offer a mixed-use with accommodation, bars, restaurants, gyms, retail shops, meeting and event spaces and high-profile coworking spaces. With over 11,000 rooms in Europe open and under development, The Social Hub aims to offer unique experiences to its community of international guests and locals.

The Social Hub’s total locations amount to 23, with 16 properties open in Berlin, The Hague, Delft, Vienna, Groningen, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Paris, Florence, Bologna, Madrid, Barcelona, Toulouse and two in Amsterdam. Openings in 2023 include Glasgow, Porto and San Sebastián and more; by 2025, there will also be properties in Rome, Florence Belfiore, Lisbon and Turin.

On a responsible and impactful journey

The Social Hub is on a journey to be as responsible and impactful as possible – both in how we build our properties and how we engage with our communities. Our properties are developed and managed in accordance with BREEAM and GRESB standards and through our event programming we aim to inspire and activate our communities to contribute to a fairer and greener world. The Social Hub will start its journey towards B Corp Certification in 2023.

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