A platform for students and those around them

MoodSpace is a platform for students. It's a place with reliable information, tips and self-help to cope with emotional problems and study resiliently and powerfully – with room for student stories, pep talks and signposts to a listening ear. MoodSpace is the best check to put your mental health first.

But MoodSpace is also a place where you, as a friend, parent or staff member of a college or university, can discover what you can do. Because with a little boost, what feels heavy becomes lighter and you feel that you are not alone.

MoodSpace is available in Dutch and English. The instruction video below guides you through it. Would you rather explore the website yourself? You are always welcome.


For and by students and with experts

MoodSpace is an initiative by the Support Centre Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO) in close collaboration with students, academic experts and Flemish higher education institutions, on behalf of the Flemish Minister of Education Ben Weyts.

With this platform, the knowledge of different academic disciplines, the various initiatives for and by students and the opportunities offered by the institutions have been brought together in one place for the first time.

Furthermore, MoodSpace wants to become a catalyst for making mental health a more open topic for discussion and for exchanging experiences. Students can access the platform completely anonymously if they want to. Besides students, teachers, student counsellors, student psychologists, parents and all other interested parties are also welcome.

MoodSpace has solid scientific foundations. It is designed, monitored and evaluated by a working group of academic experts:

  • Valérie Van Hees (SIHO - chair working group)
  • Ronny Bruffaerts (KU Leuven - hoofdonderzoeker)
  • Maarten Vansteenkiste (Ghent University)
  • Patrick Luyten (KU Leuven)
  • Laurence Claes (KU Leuven, University of Antwerpen) in samenwerking met Eetexpert
  • Imke Baetens (VUB)
  • Alexis Dewaele (Ghent University)
  • Katrijn Brenning (Ghent University)
  • Gwendolyn Portzky (Ghent University)
  • Eva Dejaegere (Ghent University)
  • Tom Van Daele (Thomas More University of Applied Sciences)
  • Michael Zenner (Web development)

The starting point is the public health perspective. Discover more about the project's approach and the scientific framework in the video below, which is the full presentation of MoodSpace for higher education institutions (26 November 2021).

The strength of MoodSpace also lies with students: in how they have given and continue to give direction to the development of the platform, and in the way they carry MoodSpace and add value to it, with power stories, podcasts and initiatives for and by them.