Taking care of your wellbeing and mental health

We have all faced huge challenges over the last year and had to quickly adapt to life under local restrictions and the national lockdowns, both personally and professionally.  Whilst the vast majority of us will be working from home for most of this academic year, some colleagues are required to attend work on campus and there are others who may have experienced ‘furlough’.

This ever-changing situation is likely to be impacting on us in a number of different ways.  On these pages we've put together some advice and support to help manage our own and others’ wellbeing, aligned to the following themes: 

  • Wellbeing for managers – resources and ideas to help you look after your own wellbeing, and to help you promote good wellbeing within your team.
  • Mental wellbeing – what is good mental health and how can we sustain it?
  • Physical wellbeing – why is it important and how can we sustain it?
  • Financial wellbeing – Help to make our money go further and where to find support if you are worried about your finances
  • Community wellbeing – ways for us to make and maintain connections across teams and the university

Employee Assistance Programme

All colleagues who work at our University have access to wellbeing, financial and legal advice from our employee assistance programme provided by Health Assured. The employee assistance programme is a free, confidential employee benefit designed to help you with any personal or professional problems that may be affecting your home or work life, general health or wellbeing. Services include a 24/7 confidential support line (0800 030 5182), self-help resources and 4-week lifestyle change plans. Find out more about Health Assured here.

External sources of support

There are also a number of external support services that we are regularly signposting to colleagues, including resources from the mental health charity ‘Mind’ who we are currently working in partnership with:

If you need support self-isolating, visit the following website:

Find help in your local area 

If you or someone else you  care for need support during isolation, visit the NHS Volunteer Responders website or call 0808 196 3646 (08:00 – 20:00). NHS Volunteers are people in your 


During the pandemic it is important that you look after your mental wellbeing, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. We've brought together a range of activities and advice which will have a positive impact on your mental and physical health.

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