Screening, prevention and treatment for psychological issues in students
As a student, combining your social life, studies, work and exercise can be quite a challenge. That makes it extra important to be aware of your mental state and to take good care of yourself. Your university wants to help you with this.
That's why the university joined Caring Universities, an initiative aimed at improving the psychological wellbeing of students. An anonymous online questionnaire can provide insight into your own mental health by offering personalized feedback about your mood, stress and anxiety based on your answers. Whatever you decide to do next is up to you, but if you experience complaints like stress or low mood, we offer you the chance to work on these in a free online programme, completely anonymously and with a free online coach to guide you through the process.
Completing the survey takes approximately 25 minutes and can be stopped at any given time. You can expect questions about psychological problems such as anxiety and depression, but also questions about your personality or daily functioning.
You will have received a personalized link in your student email which offers you access to the survey.
And after that? Online programmes
After you’ve completed the questionnaire you will receive personalized feedback on your stress, anxiety and mood based on the answers you’ve given. This advice can vary from the advice to visit your General practitioner, a psychologist in the area or the student psychologists. For a number of complaints, Caring Universities has developed free online programmes, such as to improve your mood or reduce your stress. With these programmes you can work on your complaints anonymously, for free, and with guidance from a free online coach.
The Caring Universities team is working hard to expand the number of interventions we can offer, to make sure that more and more students can work on their complaints.
An international initiative
Caring Universities is part of an international initiative: the World Health Organization College Student Mental Health Surveys (WHM-ICS). The online survey was developed by Harvard University and is offered to students worldwide by the World Health Organization.
Caring Universities takes it one step further by offering students free online interventions for various psychological issues. The universities that are part of Caring Universities are: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit Utrecht and Universiteit Maastricht.