Practical Tools & Guides
Other resources to improve your mental health and wellbeing
General Mental Health Resources
Lectures: Our Mental Wellness seminars
Experimental Psychology hosted a series of interesting wellbeing lectures which are highly recommended, including:
Our Mental Wellness: Coping with grief after a bereavement
Our Mental Wellness: Overcoming Social Anxiety
Our Mental Wellness: Overcoming Mistrust and Paranoia
Our Mental Wellness: Bullying and Anxiety
Our Mental Wellness: Coping with Trauma
Our Mental Wellness: Managing Depression and Low Mood
Our Mental Wellness: Overcoming Sleep Problems
Our Mental Wellness: Managing Stress & Overcoming Anxiety
Mental Health Foundation Resources
How to look after your mental health using Mindfulness
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID RESOURCES
In 2022 we shouldn't have to leave parts of our identity behind - be that our cultural or ethnic background, gender identity, sexuality, disability or health - when we work. Wherever you are working from, feeling supported to bring your whole self to work is better for wellbeing and better for business.
COVID and related initiatives and services
COVID-19: Our Mental Health
During stressful times, it is important that we pay attention to mental health as well as physical health. We are lucky to count on some of the world’s leading authorities – including our Anxiety Disorders and Trauma Group – in understanding and treating anxiety disorders. We have asked them to give us suggestions for how to look after our mental well-being during these stressful and uncertain times: Covid 19: Our Mental Health
WORKING FROM HOME GUIDANCE
Information for managers about setting up working from home arrangements for employees, and managing and supporting remote workers
Home-working and wellbeing guidance for staff
Guidance and resources for managers on setting up working from home arrangements
These pages offer guidance on everything from setting up your home office and IT, to managing your physical and mental health and keeping your career development on track whilst working remotely.
IDEAS TO KEEP THE KIDS OCCUPIED WHILE YOU WORK AT HOME
Resources developed and gathered by NDS as part of their wellbeing work:
Free online books for children, some are audio, so will even do the reading for you: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities
Non-screen activities that children can do at home
31 days of Lego Calendar (PDF)
GoNoodle - Getting Active, Mindfulness and Educational songs – free, but requires signing up. There is also an app that has games on it that you can download once you have a log in.
Other University wellbeing spaces and services
Offers free daily online mindfulness sessions (Monday to Friday each week). The practice sessions are intended for anyone new to mindfulness and for those who would like to connect with others to maintain their practice. Including Mindfulness Sessions and Podcasts
Staff and Students have access to a multitude of free and cheap health, exercise and wellbeing resources.
Oxford University is blessed with a multitude of green spaces - explore your city more, discover the history and enjoy community events
These spaces are free to enjoy for University staff and students - plan your trip today.
Publications, articles and other resources
UNDERSTANDING ADJUSTMENTS: SUPPORTING STAFF AND STUDENTS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH DIFFICULTIES - ADVANCE HE, 2015
This research looks at reasons why staff and students disclose or do not disclose a mental health difficulty, and the support and adjustments that universities provide. 2063 HE staff and 1442 students who had experienced mental health difficulties responded to a survey and their voices have helped to shape the report and resulting recommendations.
SUPPORTING STAFF WELLBEING IN HIGHER EDUCATION (2021)
This report presents the findings of a national study examining working life in UK Higher Education institutions. 2046 academic and academic related staff were surveyed about the psychosocial hazards they encounter, how they feel about the tasks they do and the availability and usefulness of support mechanisms to manage their wellbeing. The psychosocial safety climate of their institutions was also examined along with mental health and work-life balance.
HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE THRIVING AT WORK MENTAL HEALTH STANDARDS IN YOUR WORKPLACE
Thriving at Work is an independent review that outlines what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems, to remain in and thrive through work.