As our ways of working change, many of us are worrying about the current situation around coronavirus and how it might affect our lives.
The information on this page is intended to signpost you to useful resources to help support your mental wellbeing during this time of uncertainty.
Employee Assistance Programme
The EAP is a 24 hour counselling and information service open to all staff and their dependants, find out more in our short video here, you can log on to the EAP website by clicking here. (Username and password: enter DMU in both boxes)
In response to coronavirus and the additional challenges we are facing, the university has increased the number of counselling sessions available per person from six to eight sessions, giving greater access to a counsellor if required.
The hub is here to support your health and wellbeing at DMU. The Hub will provide you with quick access to hints and tips about staying well.
Provides information, advice and learning to staff to support their understanding of safeguarding and how they should respond to safeguarding situations.
Join one of our staff networks and belong to a community where you can discuss your shared experiences and concerns, below is a list of the networks and the chairs you can contact to find out more. If you would like to join a staff network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
BAME Staff Network
Atika Kohli - AKohli@dmu.ac.uk
Sherilyn Pereira - email@example.com
Hardeep Basra – Hardeep.firstname.lastname@example.org
Disabled Staff and Allies Staff Network
Leanne Herbert - email@example.com
Suzanne Nelson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Richardson - JRichardson@dmu.ac.uk
Yasmin Ali - email@example.com
LGBTQ+ and Allies Network
TJ Moore - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Daly - email@example.com
Advice on managing your wellbeing during the coronavirus
There are lots of online resources to support your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus. Below are some helpful websites that offer advice on different specific areas:
Provide advice for anxiety, managing stress, bereavement, panic attacks and much more.
There are lots of tips online to support you with understanding mental health and an online interactive mind tool to support your mental wellbeing.
Mental Health Foundation
Tips for being at home, tips for working at home and resources for talking to your children during this challenging time.
Advice for coping with uncertainty, including relaxation and mindfulness techniques.
Employees Initiative on Domestic Abuse
Guidance during the coronavirus outbreak on how you can support colleagues who may be experiencing domestic abuse.
Specific mental health needs
There are lots of different mental health needs that may need more specific support during this time, below are some links to helpful online resources.
General advice on specific needs
Practical steps you can take
Create a ‘Wellness Action Plan”, these can be downloaded from mind.org a charity that support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The action plans can be downloaded here and there are separate ones for managers and employees.
There are lots of great apps available for you to download onto your smartphone. One of the most popular is Headspace,the app provides guided meditations, advice for sleeping better and movement exercises to help you out.