STUDENTS at Oxford University can now access a 24-hour online mental health support system Big White Wall used worldwide by almost 100 institutions.

Now students will have access to an online community of anonymous members from all walks of life, who provide shared and lived experience of struggles with exam stress, relationship issues, isolation, depression and anxiety.

In addition, they can access self-guided courses, self- assessments and a library of information.

While the move is a timely and welcome relief for many during such distressing times, the newly implemented service comes as part of the university’s student mental health and wellbeing strategy that was announced last October.

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It is also the latest policy as part of its commitment to support and promote positive mental health for its students.

Other developments in the last year include an enhanced disability advisory service and the launch of the university’s 'Oxford against sexual violence' campaign and support service.

Gillian Hamnett, director of student welfare and support at Oxford University, said: "Supporting our students wellbeing and mental health is a key priority for us, and we recognise that the pandemic is a particularly worrying time.

"By expanding our existing provision with Big White Wall we hope to provide opportunities for all of our students to seek help.

"The move to remote learning is challenging for the whole community and we want our students to feel as connected and supported as possible."