World Mental Health Day
It’s important everyone at the University feels supported with their wellbeing in the workplace.
This World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October) take time to look after your own wellbeing and prioritise your mental health.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. Here are some of the services available for all staff to access:
Employee Assistance Programme
The University of Birmingham's Employee Assistance Programme is designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing.
Health Assured is the provider of this programme, you can call the 24/7 helpline on 0800 028 0199.
The University believes a positive work environment is crucial for maintaining good mental health.
Get occupational health support and advice, information on mental health and the workplace, stress management guidance and more on Work Health (Occupational Health Services).
Mental Health First Aiders
Each department at the University has Mental Health First Aiders - staff who are trained to identify, understand and support someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. Each area should have posters/signs with their local first aider details on, you can also ask your manager for this information.
If you want to become a Mental Health First Aider, find out more on Mental Health First Aid.
- The Blurt Foundation has resources to help you understand anxiety and depression and how it can affect people.
- The charity Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
- SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline open daily from 16:00 to 22:00 on 0300 304 7000.
Training and development
The University’s People and Organisational Development has a number of classroom and online courses available to staff related to supporting mental health and wellbeing.
Suicide First Aid is a one-day course that teaches the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills, which can be applied in any professional or personal setting.
Mental Health Awareness is a half day classroom-based course, designed by Mental Health First Aid England and covers an understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma.
Leading and supporting wellbeing in your team is a half day classroom-based course for leaders and managers who wish to support their teams with wellbeing and explore ways of creating a healthy culture for discussing mental health.