Student Health App
"We recommend that higher education institutions advertise the Student Health App and encourage its use."
Are some of your students struggling with their physical or mental health? Are your support services stretched? Would you love to offer more support to students? The Student Health App is there to help.
The Student Health App (think of it as a powered-up e-book) makes it easy for you to:
- offer your students instant access to reliable, relevant and reassuring health and wellbeing information
- promote safe self-care, increase students' resourcefulness, and help them thrive
- signpost useful resources, available services and other sources of support
You might want to use the Student Health App to lower the risk of significant events (such as complaints, missed diagnoses and mental health crises), reduce avoidable pressure on your own support services and the NHS (by helping students make better-informed choices), and show your students that you really do care about them (which they may not always appreciate).
The app is certified by the Patient Information Forum PIF Tick, the UK's only quality mark for health information.
"There has never been a more crucial time for students to have access to reliable, safe, relevant health information. Students need to be able to access credible help fast. The Student Health App provides all of this, on a wide range of topics, from mental and sexual health through to emergencies and travel. They shouldn't leave home without it."
(Dr Dominique Thompson, National Student Health Expert)
Customise the app for your university or college
To signpost local services and advertise your own support, you can subscribe to a customised home page on the app.
Institutions that currently offer their students a customised page on the Student Health App include:
- Fife College
- Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
- London Universities and Colleges (Good Thinking)
- Trinity College, University of Cambridge
- University College London (UCL)
- University of Bristol
- University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)
- University of York
What does the app cover?
The app offers instant access to information and advice on more than 125 topics, including:
- Mental health: Managing a crisis, low self-esteem, stress, depression, anxiety, self-harm and feeling suicidal
- First Aid & Emergencies: First aid, unconsciousness, asthma attack, burns, fainting, head injury, meningitis and sepsis, severe allergy
- Love and Sex: Healthy relationships, sexual health, contraception, sexually transmitted infection, pregnancy, relationship abuse, sexual violence
- Healthy Living: Wellbeing, healthy eating, staying active
- Common symptoms: Covid-19, sleep problems, coughs and colds, tiredness, hay fever, dizziness, cancer worries
- Head and chest: Headache, sore throat, cough, eye injury, ear infection, sinusitis, toothache
- Abdomen: Abdominal pain, urine infection, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, piles
- Skin: Healthy skin, spots (acne), moles, eczema, sweating, tattoos, piercings
- Female health: Vaginal discharge, period problems, pelvic pain, breast lumps, cervical cancer
- Male health: Testicular lumps, penis problems
- Bone and Muscle: Neck and back pain, shoulder pain, sports injuries
- Drink & Drugs: Alcohol, smoking, drug use, drug overdose
- Travel: Travel preparation, vaccinations, what to pack, malaria, travel safety, sun safety, food and water safety
- Safety: Personal safety, nights out, online safety, transport, cycle safety, safer driving, electrical safety, fire safety
- Services: Navigating healthcare, international students, online health info, pharmacy, GP, A&E, emergency call
- NHS support: Useful links when in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Students can use the app offline, so the content is always easily available.
Why we developed this app
Mental health problems among students are soaring, online misinformation is common, and support services are overwhelmed.
We created the Student Health App to make it easy for you to:
- offer reassuring health and wellbeing advice - explain symptoms, dispel misinformation, give useful tips, promote healthier choices, guide students in crisis
- promote safe self-care - help students manage self-limiting illnesses and long-term conditions, increase resourcefulness, reduce avoidable demand on services
- signpost support - provide contact details, give useful links to further information, raise awareness of available services, give students a better experience
Low student satisfaction, complaints, missed diagnoses, poor grades, mental breakdowns, dropouts and suicides - the stakes of not offering crucial health and support information are high.
The aim of the app is to help you improve student health and wellbeing, prevent serious significant events, and reduce avoidable pressure on your support services and the NHS.
Who developed the app?
The Student Health App was developed in partnership with:
- 25 Students from the University of Bristol
- Doctors, nurses and counsellors at the University of Bristol Students' Health Service
- National topic experts and other experts in student health
- First Response Resuscitation & First Aid Training
What students say
"slick and professional"
"the appearance of the app is great and I like the tabs in the home page with all the topics"
"very clear and easy to understand"
"very well written and easy to use"
"I would recommend this to my friends. I think everyone should have access to quick medical info and this app helps with that!"
Can I trust the app?
The Student Health App is:
- certified by the Patient Information Forum PIF Tick as a source of trusted health information
- approved by the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications (ORCHA) - read the review here
- safe and secure - no sign-up required, no collection of personal data
- entirely free - free download (full version), free use by institutions, no advertising, no in-app purchases