Mental health difficulties can affect anyone, on any day of the year, but World Mental Health Day is a good opportunity to reflect on how you look after yourself and your mental wellbeing.

To coincide with World Mental Health Day today, we’re launching Big White Wall – an online mental health support service which is free for all University of Reading students.

Big White Wall is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It’s completely anonymous, so you can express yourself freely and interact with other users in a safe environment which is carefully monitored by professionally trained Wall Guides.

As well as providing an online community where you can share your thoughts and feelings, you can access self-help resources on topics like anxiety, depression, eating and drinking habits, relationships and sleep.

Big White Wall is completely anonymous and separate to the University, so no one will know you are using it unless you tell them. You sign up using your University of Reading email address, and then choose a username which is how you’ll be known to other users.

Selina Patankar-Owens, Head of Student Wellbeing Services, said: “Big White Wall is one of the many services on offer to support students’ mental and physical wellbeing, and is a great resource if you’re struggling with issues such as low mood, anxiety or stress. You can share your feelings anonymously without judgement and connect with people who are experiencing similar things, and it’s available in the evening and at weekends when University counselling services aren’t available.”

Find out more about Big White Wall and sign up at: www.reading.ac.uk/big-white-wall