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Video: meditation exercises by Christopher Mcdermott, Lead Chaplain

Revd Chris McDermott, Lead Chaplain for the University of Sussex.

A priority at the moment for all of us is to nurture our capacity for staying grounded.

These meditation exercises provide some practical strategies for sustaining a non-anxious presence amid the pervasive anxiety now weighing heavily on so many people.

More than ever we need to be present for one another.

Taking time and space to hone some inner stillness as a counterpoint to the pull of reactive energy is one small way to help us do that.

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Other ways to seek help during this period

Employee Assistance Programme

As a member of staff you have access to our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) partners Care First. Care First are a specialist highly professional organisation that can provide a range of help at difficult times. There is a 24 hour / 365 days-a-year telephone help line that can provide counselling and specialist advice on a range of matters.

You can call the EAP helpline on 0800 015 5630.

The service is confidential and you can refer yourself. There is no need to inform your line manager and Care First will keep all their contact with you completely confidential. Whether is it a family matter, moving house, moving job, a major life event, neighbourhood concerns, consumer rights, or even a brush with the law, they can provide advice and help - and signpost you to more specialist services if they think that you need to access them.

All the staff at Care First are qualified and experienced in their field. 

Register with Care First now (username: lifestyle1234 / password: carefirst)


Mental wellbeing smartphone application

As a member of staff at the University of Sussex you also have free access to: 

'Thrive' is an evidence based smart phone app providing in-depth tools and support for anyone to improve their mental wellbeing.

How to access the Thrive App:

Step 1. Find the log on page: https://thrive.uk.com/account.html

Step 2. Enter your e-mail address, and verify it. Then enter a password of your choice.

Step 3. Enter the University of Sussex Company access code: AVIVAIYP1116


Occupational Health

Our on site Occupational Health team are still here and continue to offer advice on health, safety and wellbeing at work. Referral to occupational health is via your Line Manager or HR. Read more about Occupational Health at Sussex.


By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Tuesday, 31 March 2020

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