Covid-19 and Wellbeing
The University team is continuing to closely monitor the global situation with the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. View the latest updates for staff. Infectious disease outbreaks, like Covid-19, can be worrying and can affect our mental health, particularly if you have an existing mental health condition. There are resources that you can access to help you get through this difficult time, and the University team is working to develop more. You can also email questions to Coronavirus Queries.
Supporting Remote Working
Organisational Development has launched a new Remote Working Microsite offering support and resources to help staff working remotely. A number of webinars are also being offered including; working remotely, looking after yourself/others and facilitating online meetings. View more information on the Remote Working microsite.
Employee Assistance Programme
All staff can access immediate emotional support over the phone from the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). Your EAP includes a free-phone confidential and unlimited helpline service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Tel: 0800 1116 387 or +44 845 330 5132 from abroad. You can also access the online element of the EAP, the Wellbeing Portal, an online information and resource library.
Government-funded Access to Work Mental Health Support Service Able Futures is continuing to deliver mental health support via telephone, email and video call. You can apply online or by calling 0800 321 3137 to get advice and guidance from a mental health specialist, whatever is on your mind. You can talk to a health care professional within one working day of signing up, and the nine-month support plan is built around you and your needs.
Mental Health charity Mind offers specific advice and resources on Coronavirus and your wellbeing, as well a huge range of advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. You can also find a wide range of articles and videos on the BBC Health section of their website, for example, Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health.
Support for Bereavement
It is sadly possible that you or one of your colleagues may suffer bereavement and loss during this global epidemic, which has brought new constraints and restrictions that have an impact on how we can grieve, whether the cause of our loss is Covid-19 related or not. Please see our Bereavement page for details of support. You can also see more information on the Staff Intranet Bereavement page, and pages to help us remember those members of the Lancaster Community who have died.
Support for Students
For any staff with concerns about the mental health of their students, the Counselling and Mental Health Service are available to work with students and are providing services remotely at the current time. They are encouraging anybody with concerns about their mental health or needing support at the current time to take a look at the Counselling and Mental Health Service website to find out more about their range of services.