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Staff support

The OU provides a range of resources and services to support our colleagues in areas around mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference 2021

  • A Mental Health and Wellbeing conference will be held on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 December, focusing on three main themes: learning, work and inclusivity.
  • This online conference, open to all staff, will provide an opportunity to share best practice, hear about a range of mental health and wellbeing activities and actions being carried out by different teams and units across the University, and to network with others with an interest in this subject area.
  • You can register here to attend the conference! 
  • You can view the latest Mental Health and Wellbeing conference programme here.

Internal support

Internal online resources

  • Wellbeing+ provides information and links to external sites for maintaining good physical and mental health. 
  • Remote work wellbeing on My Learning Centre contains resources and links to help you improve your general wellbeing whilst working from home.
  • How to Thrive in Challenging Times lists available courses connected with mental health and wellbeing and hosts recordings of previous development workshops. 
  • The Health and Wellbeing Guide gives tips for staying mentally and physically healthy.  
  • Mental health and wellbeing  on My Learning Centre provides links to internal and external support for mental health. 
  • Working from home safely has guidance from the Health & Safety team about how to keep healthy whilst working from home.

External support

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available for all staff and their spouse or partner (provided the partner lives with the employee), and children between the ages of 16 and 24 who are in full time education. The website​ provides proactive ideas for encouraging good physical and mental health (username: Open  password: Uni).  You can also download the ‘My Healthy Advantage’ app to your mobile phone and set preferences for the topics that interest you. When you log in for the first time, you will need the OU’s unique code - MHA065347.  For more immediate support or to arrange up to 6 confidential counselling sessions (which can be extended to 12 in exceptional circumstances and in discussion with counsellors), call the 24-hour helpline on Freephone number: 0800 0305182 (Republic of Ireland: 1800 936071).

External online resources

  • Headroom is a new BBC News site that contains numerous articles, tips, podcasts, and tools to help and improve mental health. 
  • Mind provides a wealth of information to support and improve mental health.
  • Mental Health UK provides information about improving your physical and mental health.
  • NHS - Every Mind Matters gives advice, information and guidance about looking after your mental health.
  • Rethink Mental Illness provides help and support for people living with mental illness.

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