Wellbeing in the Department
The Wellbeing of Staff and Students in the department is of upmost importance. As a department, we pride ourselves on being a caring, friendly and supportive place to work and do not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment.
Wellbeing Fortnight - Better Together 2020
Collaborating to work better, supporting each other to feel better, and challenging each other to be better. Online, in the office or at home, we are Better Together.
We understand that work can have an impact on our wellbeing so this page is here to support you. Below you'll find a list of contacts you can reach out to if you are in need of some extra support and a number of resources which may be useful, especially during this period of social-isolation. On the right are a list of events taking place (digitally) in the department to promote our health and wellbeing.
Wellbeing and Covid-19
This is a difficult period for all of us and it’s natural to feel anxious amongst the uncertainty. For many of us remote working is a new challenge, balancing caring responsibilities, an increased workload or change to working pattern. The University has published resources for all and guidelines for managers to support staff during this time.
The department is cognisant that all staff are likely to experience some challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our action plan outlines how we will provide clear and consistent advice to support wellbeing and mental health for all department members during this time - including advice to line managers.
Catherine Pope is a champion for EMCR and CTU groups and is available to discuss issues arising for individuals who consider themselves a member of one of these groups.
CareFirst – telephone counselling support service, 24/365 (independent, through University insurance)
Disabled Staff Network
Open to all staff with a mental health condition, specific learning difficulty, sensory impairment, chronic illness, mobility impairment and/or other long-term condition.
Create a Microsoft Teams Group to chat with colleagues and hold a coffee morning or use Zoom or Skype to have virtual dinner with friends and family or simply create a WhatsApp Group to stay in touch.
Join Ushma Galal and colleagues for a weekly meditation at 12.30 every Wednesday.
The wellbeing group recommends being creative - start a journal, read a book, write, draw, paint, and move.