Supporting your wellbeing during Covid-19

As social restrictions start to be eased this week during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, a number of us will be feeling apprehensive, or even anxious.

Remember that our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is here to help you at times like these. You can access a fact sheet on preparing to come out of lockdown, and you can register for a webinar on Monday afternoon, 11 May at 14:00.

The webinar will then be available, as part of a series of webinars on all aspects of living under lockdown and the Covid-19 crisis, on the home page of the EAP website, (login: uokent and password: university).

The EAP home page also offers webinars on many other mental health issues – especially timely during the coronavirus crisis and as we approach Mental Health Awareness Week, 18-24 May.

Alongside the EAP, the University has plenty of other support available to help staff manage their mental health positively. Much of this can be found by browsing the staff Health and Wellbeing website

Mental Health Awareness Week coincides with the University’s Belong and Grow Week 18-22 May.  Events have had to be scaled back because of social distancing and lockdown, but there are many online sessions for staff to take part in, including a ‘Mental Health for Line Managers’ module.

The University’s Mental Health support will also be extended shortly with online training modules available within the Awaken platform we use. There will be three modules: Mental Health Awareness, Wellbeing and Resilience. The first of these, Wellbeing, will be available before the end of May, so watch out for it being advertised on the Staff News webpages.

The University provides counselling for all staff via the EAP. This can be telephone, online or face-to-face counselling; the pathway is agreed between the EAP assessing counsellor and the individual. Counselling can be accessed most easily by using the EAP’s freephone telephone number: 0808 168 2143.

When you ring, you will always speak to a trained counsellor who does an initial assessment and discusses the best form of counselling the EAP can offer to support you. Up to eight sessions are available for University staff.

You can find out more about the EAP and all it can offer on the OH website

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