Maintaining our mental wellbeing can be difficult; and it’s difficult in different ways for different people. It could be that you’re struggling to find a positive work/life balance, or that you’re not exercising as much as you’d like to.

The University has a welcoming and supportive community. Many of our staff have returned to campus while a large number of staff continue to work from home, we should try to consider the diverse situations our colleagues are in – some may be living alone and struggling with the isolation, others have caring responsibilities that need to be woven into the working day.

Our Wellbeing Toolkit is designed to help you look after yourself, and find the support you need when you need it.

It’s a comprehensive overview of resources, activities and advice to help you maintain positive mental wellbeing which you can tailor to your own needs and circumstances. If you need additional support please contact your HR Partner or use one of our free support services.

Connect

Connecting with others can promote wellbeing and build a support network when times get tough. Connecting is about being there for others, talking and listening, and feeling a sense of belonging. Try to take the time to talk to someone on the phone instead of emailing or organise a virtual catch up.

Online Support Groups

Man Chat – A community organisation where men can feel safe to talk openly about mental health.

Menopause Matters – Listen and discuss all things menopause and other women’s health issues.

Mindout – A mental health service that provides information and support to the LGBTQI+ community.

Stay Social, Stay Connected

Join the UoA staff Wellbeing Facebook group to stay connected with the University community.

University networks and forums

There are a number of ways you can connect with peers across the University including the LGBT Staff Network, Parent and Carers Network, Women's Development Network and the Race Network. Details of these can be found here

You can also join the Univeristy's Wellbeing Facebook group 

 

Be Active

Being active isn’t just good for our physical health; it’s also proven to have a positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Take time for a short walk during the day or take a new physical activity you enjoy or have always wanted to pursue.

Learn

Learning improves our self-esteem, keeps us connected and involved and helps us adapt to change and find meaning in our lives. It has also been shown to help prevent depression in later years. Try learning something new today. Read a new book or research something you’ve always been curious about.

Give

Giving to others can create positive feelings and help you to connect with other people.  It can be as simple as asking a friend how they are or giving your time to listen to someone who needs support or company.

Support Services

There are a number of internal and external support services for University employees. 

Internal Support Services

CareFirst - The University offers staff an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which provides a free, confidential face to face and telephone counselling service as well as information services.

Counselling service - The Counselling Service is available to all University members of staff.

Employee Wellbeing - The Employee Wellbeing pages provide advice and information on mental and physical wellbeing, workplace wellbeing and more.

HR Partners - The HR Partners provide advice on HR policies and procedures, initial point of contact for recruitment and provide first line assistance for any employment concerns.

Mental health First Aiders - We have MHFAs across both University of Aberdeen campuses.

Multi-Faith Chaplaincy - The Multi-faith Chaplaincy offers resources and help for everyone, whatever their situation.

Staff Equality Network Groups - The University is fully committed to equality for all of its staff and students.

Trade Unions - Every member of staff has the right to belong to a Trades Union of his/her own choice.

Workplace Dignity Network - The Workplace Dignity Network aims to provide support to staff who would like to chat through wellbeing concerns. This could be in relation to bullying/harassment, stress, work relationships, work/life balance or mental health issues.

External Support Services

Alcohol - There are a number of support services available for alcohol related concerns within the NHS.

Beat Eating Disorders - Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity is a free and confidential service that can offer support and understanding to young people.

Beathing Space - Breathing Space provides free and confidential listening, advice and information on ways to help us to cope when we are struggling or feeling low.

Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am
Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am

LGBT Foundation - The LGBT Foundation provides information and support to all LGBTQI+ people.

Mental Health Aberdeen - A local charity that provides information and counselling for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Mental Health Aberdeen Helpline: 01224 573892 

MIND - You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This might feel difficult or stressful. Visit the MIND website for ways to help your wellbeing.

National Sleep Foundation - For top tips on getting a better night’s sleep.

NHS Grampian - NHS Grampian have some great self-help guides that can help you understand what you are experiencing.

Prevent Suicide - A suicide prevention app aimed at users in the north east of Scotland. Provides helpful info for those affected in any way by suicide.

Samaritans - If you are struggling to cope and would like to talk to someone, the Samaritans helpline is open 24/7.

If you are feeling distressed and need support, please contact NHS 24 on 111. If you feel at immediate risk call 999.