Big White Wall is a free online mental health support service.
Whether you’re suffering from stress, are struggling to sleep or simply need someone to talk to, Big White Wall can help you get support, take control and feel better.
You can get things off your chest in their anonymous global community, express yourself creatively and access a library of self-care resources – including clinical tests, tips and guided group courses with topics ranging from Managing Stress and Anxiety to Quitting Smoking. Trained professionals are online 24/7 to keep all members safe and provide extra support.
Is my identity private?
On Big White Wall you are totally anonymous to other members in the community and your personal information is kept secure while you are on the site (See Big White Wall’s privacy statement here).
Nobody will be informed if you’ve signed up to Big White Wall or of your activity on the service unless they are seriously concerned about your safety whilst on campus.
How do I create a profile?
Registering with Big White Wall is quick and easy. Simply go to www.bigwhitewall.com. Click the ‘Join Us’ button, select the option ‘I’m from a University or College’ and input your student email address. You create an anonymised username and will be requested to provide information such as your age, gender, ethnicity, employment status and how you heard about Big White Wall – you can prefer not to answer.
How do I use the website?
You can access Big White Wall on any device with an internet connection. The home page has three options for you to explore:
Here you can see posts by other members of the online community and filter by categories (e.g. anxiety). You can also create your own posts for others to join in friendly and helpful discussion.
This page has plenty of useful self-help features including interactive tools such as journals and self-assessments structure by standard NHS measures. You can also find clinically-established articles which highlight appropriate knowledge for anything you’d like to work on; these can be filtered by category.
There are a variety of self-help courses which can be interactive with other Big White Wall users. These courses share best practice on how to tackle that issue you’re looking for help with. You’ll be asked to take a self-assessment both at the beginning and end of the course. Courses are structured so that each section must be completed to unlock the next one.