Enough with awareness campaigns, it’s time to find a solution.
Brock is the first university to test a new mental health app with Student VIP, the health and dental coverage company provided through the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU).
The Integrated Mental Health and Wellness mobile app, known as I.M. Well, is a comprehensive program that aims to defragment the mental health resources available to students on campus, online and in the community.
“We’re innovation partners. As we roll this out to students, we find out what works, what they need more of, what we could improve on, and we’ll innovate with Student VIP to make it better,” says Chris Green, BUSU General Manager.
Also included in the app are the 24/7 live chat, mood tracker, and the option to remain anonymous, providing a safe and confidential space for users.
“It’s highly customized to fit the Brock student. All of our campus partners, especially Residence and Student Services, have fully embraced this new program and have helped to populate it with resources,” he says.
“They aren’t new. They exist in many different areas. The app is meant to streamline all of the resources into one core spot that is accessible 24/7,” he adds.
Just as people would take care of their physical health, BUSU Vice-president Finance and Administration Faisal Hejazi explains that the app will help put mental health at the forefront, as well.
“I think we’re more often diligent in taking care of ourselves physically then we are mentally. Physical health and mental health are the same in that we need to make them both a priority,” he says.
I.M. Well is free to download on Apple and Android devices, and is open to all students, staff, alumni, faculty and anyone with a connection to Brock. Users do not have to be covered under the Student VIP health and dental plan to access resources.
Find more events and information on BUSU’s Wellness Week from Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at brockbusu.ca