Staff wellbeing

This page is designed to provide you with the resources to help you look after your own physical and mental wellbeing, and that of your colleagues.

Mental wellbeing

Looking after our mental health is important for all of us. Just like with physical health, there are things that we can all do to help our mental wellbeing. Here are some resources that you may find useful:

graphical image for Thrive appThrive

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

 

Employee Assistance Programme

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 advise on a range of matters.

 

Silver Cloud CBT

SilverCloud is a clinician-supported online programme based on CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). Each programme consists of six or seven modules, to be completed in your own time and at your own pace, over six to eight weeks. Each module contains text, video and audio clips as well as activities and quizzes that you can complete as you go along.

 

Meditation

Meditation is about self-awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. It’s about observing your thoughts and feelings without judgement, helping you achieve clarity of mind.

Video: Meditation exercises by Christopher McDermott, Lead Chaplain

Mindfulness in a time of Covid  Online mindfulness facilitated by Christopher McDermott

Calm – Here you will find a curation of meditation content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this difficult time.   


Further resources

Looking after your mental health as we come out of lockdownphoto of a signpost

Managing anxiety

Overcoming the challenges of virtual meetings

Government guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Five ways to wellbeing when working from home

MIND - Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Top tips for staying well at work

How to manage stress

 

Staff Workshops and E-learning

We provide a range of e-learning and virtual workshops for staff to support your mental wellbeing.

Let’s have a mental health conversation – for all staff

A 90 minute online workshop for all staff to develop awareness and understanding of how to maintain good mental well-being. See the Managers' section below for a session for staff managers.

Supporting your wellbeing during times of change and uncertainty: In this learning path on LinkedIn, you can gain immediately applicable skills to support your well-being during times of change and uncertainty. Twenty curated courses cover topics such as practising mindfulness and meditation; managing anxiety, depression and stress; calming your mind; and restoring your body.

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The following programmes are all available on our staff e-learning platform, LearnUponLog in to LearnUpon and choose the category Wellbeing in the Catalogue to enrol on any of these courses.

Mental health in the workplace: Despite increased media coverage, there is still a stigma associated with mental health in the workplace. The aim of this course is to remove or reduce that stigma. There are no easy answers or sure-fire solutions. However, by creating space and time to talk about wellbeing, we can ensure that we are able to support those who suffer with their mental wellbeing and improve our own resilience.

Mental wellbeing and resilience: This short course on mental wellbeing in the workplace covers wellness, building resilience to challenges and general mental wellbeing.

Supporting others: This module explores how to start connections that could help your colleagues. It looks at empathy, creating a listening space, keeping in touch, and boundaries.

Managing your own self-care and wellbeing: This course looks at some techniques, tools and tips that may have a positive impact upon your mental wellbeing. Just like physical wellbeing, we need to constantly monitor our mental wellbeing or fitness, to make sure that we have the right habits.

Mental health: stress less: Using a combination of real-life stories, expert insight and original drama, this course looks at the nature of stress and its impact on our health and explains what we can do to combat it and support our general mental well-being.

Physical wellbeing

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Looking after your wellbeing and physical health can be beneficial to helping your mental health. This section includes information on exercise, meditation and getting a good night's sleep.

Exercise

Getting enough exercise and being active can be important for both your mental and physical health. Moderate exercise can help to improve your mood and general wellbeing and help you to feel better about yourself. Regular exercise can also lower the risk of physical diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer. Being more active can help you to be a healthier weight.

You can get involved in some of the activities we provide here at the University of Sussex:

Online exercise classes with Sussexsport

How you can keep fit without leaving your house 

Eating WellImage of a plate of vegetables and grains

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Refer to the Eatwell NHS guide to find out more about the what that looks like in practical terms.

The Eatwell Guide (from the NHS)

Photo of a bedSleep

Getting enough good sleep is an essential part of looking after our health. There are many possible benefits to having enough sleep, such as improved concentration; helping maintain a healthy body weight; and improving immune function. Calm provides a range of resources to help with sleep.

Financial wellbeing

Photo of a handful of coinsFinancial wellbeing is about a sense of security and feeling as though you have enough money to meet your needs. It's about being in control of your day-to-day finances and having the financial freedom to make choices that allow you to enjoy life.  

Financial wellbeing: This website defines the concept of financial wellbeing and provides ideas and support for maintaining it.

Debt and money: This site provides you with the information you need to make the right choices, including help to deal with your debt problems, how to avoid losing your home and how to get your finances back into shape.

Budget Planner is part of the Money Advice Service and provides a free planner to put you in control of your household spending.

How to cope with money worries

Feeling low or anxious is a normal response when you’re struggling with debt.

You can find advice and support on this NHS webpage: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-financial-worries/

Managers: Your responsibilities for the wellbeing of your staff

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As managers and leaders we have a duty of care to support the wellbeing of those who report to us. These resources can help all of us in understanding that responsibility and putting it into practice.

 

Occupational Health

The Occupational Health Service offers advice on health, safety and wellbeing at work. The service works to prevent work-related ill-health, reduce risks to health from occupational hazards and promote health and safety. 

 

Further resources

Five tips for improving as a manager of a distributed team

How to motivate colleagues when the chips are down

People managers' guide to mental health

MIND on supporting yourself and your team

ACAS – approaching sensitive conversations about mental health

 

Staff Workshops and E-learning

Let’s have a mental health conversation – for all managers

A 90 minute online workshop focussing on the importance of having mental health conversations and how you can support your staff during difficult times. You will be introduced to a practical tool that will help you initiate mental health conversations in a supportive way.

Photo of somebody using a computer keyboardThe law and wellbeing conversations

Managing people requires a variety of skills. You need to navigate productivity, personal development and personal wellbeing of your staff. This course explores the legal side of mental wellbeing and best practice approaches to starting conversations. It also explores the importance of wellbeing action plans. It maps out the challenges that managers may face and where they can get support from within and outside the University. 

Log in to LearnUpon and search for Law in the Catalogue to enrol on this course.