FREE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR U.S. COLLEGE STUDENTS VIA
SHARPEN COLLEGES APP IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
In response to university and student feedback around the COVID-19 pandemic, Sharpen Health is offering its Sharpen Colleges app for free until the 2020 fall semester to students directly and through universities.
Many students are experiencing more mental and emotional stress than they can handle alone. Depression affects college students at a higher rate than the general population, and the new quarantine guidelines make their lives even tougher.
Sharpen Health collaborates with licensed mental health providers to provide students self-help information, techniques, and guidance in a safe environment. Sharpen Colleges content is offered in the voices and perspectives of students themselves.
Sharpen provides tools for self-help and psychoeducation. We do not replace the importance of a counselor. Click here to learn more.
Sharpen Colleges is offering students, as well as their schools, vetted information related to the COVID-19 virus, and evidence-based resources to help members cope with anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges. There are also stress management and mindfulness tips to assist the whole community during this trying time.
During a recent college campus survey:*
90% said Sharpen should be shared with a friend or parent
90% said the app exposed them to resources they didn’t know existed for mental health
95% said they learned things that they can use to help others
*Post-test survey and focus group data with 232 students at University of South Carolina, Upstate in 2018 and 2019.
Making Sharpen Colleges accessible to students, staff and administrators is easy. Simply click on this link or place this link (if prompted, please enter the app code: COLLEGE) on your university’s campus life or student health page and include it in your ongoing communications regarding COVID-19. Users are required to use their college email address to register.
( If prompted, please enter the code: COLLEGE )
"During this pandemic, it’s more important than ever to support our students’ mental health, as well as their physical health. The programs offered through Sharpen will be transformative in how students can improve their mental health from the privacy of their own homes."
~Dr. Brendan Kelly, President
University of West Georgia
If you are in a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For additional information about Sharpen, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.