Connecting with people, feelings of closeness, being valued by others, is a basic human need. Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages. Positive relationships can help you to build a sense of self-worth, a sense of belonging, opportunities to share experiences, gain and give emotional support.
There are lots of groups, networks, societies and clubs at the University, shown below, and beyond, that you can join to make new connections and improve your wellbeing.
If you feel like joining something is too large a step for you at the moment, you can also make small changes in your life which can help you connect or re-connect to people at work and at home.
- Take time each day to connect with your family or friends
- Arrange to catch up with friends or a colleague you haven’t see for a while
- Think about how technology affects your wellbeing- check out wellbeing apps, or search for an online community.
- Pick up the phone! It's easy to get into the habit of only ever texting, messaging or emailing people
Please contact the Staff Wellbeing Engagement Groupif you have more wellbeing related staff networks to add firstname.lastname@example.org thank you.
You can also connect with staff and students from Lancaster University Social Media.
Groups and Networks
Lancaster University Race Equality Network
The Lancaster University Race Equality Network (LUREN), is a supportive and grassroots activist network of BAME and non-BAME staff and students at Lancaster University. Members of the Network coordinate various projects around decolonisation, awareness-raising of attainment and pay gaps, the Race Equality Charter and Black History Month. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Nicola Marsden, or you can find LUREN on Facebook to keep track of upcoming events and information.
Parents’ and Carers’ Network
Lancaster University Parents’ and Carers’ Network (PCN) is a support network for all staff who count themselves as a parent or carer. We are a self-run network, started in Summer 2019, and provide an opportunity for parents and carers to share experiences and provide support to each other. We meet informally once a month, alternating days to accommodate different working patterns. Upcoming events are listed on the Staff Intranet Events page. Network members can join our Microsoft Team to communicate outside of meetings. Contact us if you’d like to join either our Microsoft Team or our mailing list - and check out the new PCN website for more information and resources.
25% of people in England and Wales will experience a mental health problem in any one year. (MIND 2018)
Only 40% of people who experience a mental health problem will do something about it. (MIND 2018) It doesn't have to be like that for us.
90% of people who do something about their mental health problem go and see their GP, only 10% will end up seeing a specialist mental health practitioner. (MIND 2018) You can access free specialist support.
You can also access a huge range of specialist local, national and global specialist support to help improve your wellbeing. Our Wellbeing Work Group links up with organisations to highlight additional support that staff can access. Please see our Specialist Support page for more details and get in touch with the Wellbeing Workgroup if you have more to add.
You can also be referred to Occupational Health by your line manager.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Find out about the other pathways to wellbeing below to improve your wellbeing: