Making positive changes can seem so hard, especially during uncertain times. And sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why this World Mental Health Day and beyond, we are encouraging you to reconnect with our existing staff resources to support your mental health and also signpost you to some fantastic external resources to support you both in and out of the workplace.
One in four of us will experience poor mental health this year and knowing you have someone to talk - to whether it’s a colleague or connecting with others through one of our many staff networks - can make all the difference.
From ideas on how to boost your wellbeing through the pandemic on our Mind, Body and Soul pages, to finding out about our outstanding Employee Assistance Programme or accessing our network of Mental Health First Aiders, we want to ensure everyone at both our Loughborough and London campuses feel supported at work and through these extraordinary times.
Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development Adèle Mackinlay commented: “This year will go down in history as one of the most turbulent times in our living memories. As we (hopefully soon) emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and start adjusting to a ‘new normal’, for me one thing is clear - the wellbeing and positive mental health of our staff and students is of paramount importance. We will continue to ensure that this is a priority at Loughborough.”
Some of our resources can be accessed here:
- Mind Body and Soul
- The Employee Assistance Programme
- The LU Wellbeing app
- Mental Health First Aiders
- The Yellow Book
- Centre for Faith and Spirituality
- Staff Support groups
In addition, Organisational Development has a variety of online courses and self-directed learning resources. There is also an opportunity to attend a live, one-hour resilience webinar on Wednesday 14 October facilitated by external coach Deborah Bulcock, with the opportunity to watch the recording afterwards - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more information and support around mental health, please visit the Mind websiteor check out Mind’s Everyday Living Guide, which contains information on online mental health.
We also recommend taking a look at Every Mind Matters and a guide to supporting your mental health whilst working at home from Mental health First Aid England.