Cheltenham-headquartered student insurance provider Endsleigh says that in less than four months almost 20 UK educational institutions have joined its health and wellbeing programme – with more anticipated to join.
The programme (co-developed with Health Assured) currently provides more than 100,000 students with access to a 24 hour confidential counselling helpline, plus the industry-leading My Healthy Advantage app that helps them track and improve their wellbeing.
This programme has been developed to enable education partners at Endsleigh to meet the wellbeing provision demand they were facing, which has been exacerbated by coronavirus. A recent National Union of Students (NUS) study shows that more than half of the UK’s students stated that their mental health has deteriorated or been affected negatively by coronavirus.
Peter Robertson, NUS Charity Director commented: “Endsleigh take the time to truly understand the needs of the education community. Their wellbeing product displays full recognition of the importance of student wellbeing in the sector. We fully support and endorse this proposition.”
Endsleigh’s CEO, Alison Meckiffe, said: “In recent weeks we have seen a significant uplift in enquiries from universities about how Endsleigh can support the growing wellbeing needs of their students. The impact of coronavirus on how students are living and learning has amplified an already growing need to support wellbeing for students, especially those living away from home. Endsleigh is proud to be able to work with our university partners to find wellbeing solutions that can support students and their learning.”
Students haven’t had it easy in the media over recent months, with constant stories scapegoating them for the increase in coronavirus cases in September. But Endsleigh says the reality is that the unseen majority are in their rooms working hard, attending digital lectures and possibly cut off from their normal support groups. Combine this with the fact that for many, this is their first experience of living away from their homes and families, and you can see why the demand for a structured wellbeing support system has significantly increased in recent months, and also why Endsleigh anticipates it to soar in 2021.