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Support for staff

Staff are not immune to the personal and emotional problems that can affect anybody at any time. You may find that while at the University these problems can get in the way of your work and can impact on your enjoyment of working life.

The University offers the following services to help:

The Counselling Service

Offers a team of professional counsellors and psychotherapists providing confidential help with any personal issues affecting work, self-esteem, relationships, mental health or general well-being.

The Disability Support Office

You might not immediately think of contacting the DSO if you have mental health issues but the DSO is able to provide support where appropriate.

If you have a mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities then you are protected by The Equality Act (2010) under the protected characteristic of 'Disability'. This means that you are protected by law from discrimination as a result of your mental health problem.

The Disabled Staff Network

All members of staff who consider themselves to have an impairment or long term health/medical condition are welcome to join the Disabled Staff Network. This will help to ensure that disabled staff at the University have a voice to promote disability equality.

The Occupational Health Service

The Occupational Health Service provides a confidential service to protect the health of staff at work and assesses and advises on fitness for work to ensure that health issues are effectively managed.

Togetherall (Formely Big White Wall)

A free, 24/7 online mental health resource has launched for all University students, researchers and staff to mark World Mental Health Day.

Togetherall includes self-guided courses, personal assessments and peer to peer support for those living with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions – and those interested in exploring resources to support their wellbeing. It is monitored 24/7 by trained counsellors and complements our existing University support services.

Sarah Littlejohn, Head of Campus Life, said: “Mental health is one of the top issues for our students and staff and we are committed to investing in the wellbeing of all members of our University community.

“Togetherall offers a round-the-clock space for our students and staff to express how they are feeling, complete guided courses and seek support in a safe and anonymous environment – importantly one that is monitored by clinical professionals. 

Employee Assistance Programme – Free 24/7 confidential helpline

A helpline to support our staff through any of life’s key issues and problems.  

The free to call service is provided by an independent external provider, Validium. It offers access to support from trained counsellors and advisors who are ready to listen and provide practical advice and emotional support.