Bridgewater State University to offer free, anonymous online mental health service, Togetherall, to students
Bridgewater — As an extension to their existing relationship with ProtoCall Services for afterhours campus counseling center coverage, Bridgewater State University is providing its students free access to a 24/7 online peer-to-peer mental health community, Togetherall, which is moderated by registered practitioners who keep members safe and facilitate the process of students helping students in an online environment. Students that use of the Togetherall platform will be directly transferred to ProtoCall when urgent risk is identified.
BSU prioritizes the need to provide students with additional remote-based mental health supports while they navigate student life during a pandemic and in a year in which they have already faced so many disruptions.
“We knew our students would need a safe space to talk about the experiences they’ve had over the past several months and that Togetherall offered such a space,” said Donna K. Schiavo, Clinical Director of Counseling at BSU. “Togetherall’s clinically monitored peer-to- peer community felt right for us; we’re so excited to offer this to our students.”
Togetherall provides a clinically moderated, online peer-to-peer mental health community that empowers individuals to anonymously seek and provide support 24/7. Founded in 2007 in the UK, and operating in Canada, New Zealand, and the USA, Togetherall has grown into a global community. It provides service to over 200 post-secondary institutions and a population of over 1.6 million students worldwide, with thousands of new members registering each month.
“Amidst this pandemic, students – now more than ever – need safe and accessible mental health supports,” said Matthew McEvoy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Togetherall in North America. “Togetherall is thrilled to be working with BSU to offer the opportunity to join a welcoming community where students can share and seek support.”
In a recent survey of Togetherall members, nearly 80 percent of students indicated that the main reason for joining was feelings of depression, 70 percent cited feelings of anxiety. Nearly half of students surveyed do not have regular contact with a healthcare provider for the issues that led them to seek support.
To access the service, BSU students can go to the mobile-responsive webpage www.togetherall.com and enter a valid student email address to register.
Founded in 2007, Togetherall is a leading online mental health service that provides millions of people throughout the Canada, United States, UK and New Zealand, access to community and professional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service is clinically proven to help those who are struggling with stress, isolation, anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues. Togetherall partners with organizations in the corporate, education, health and non-profit sectors. To learn more, visit www.togetherall.com