During the course of our lives, we may experience feelings of low mood, anxiety or be involved in a traumatic event. One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
Analysis shows that around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition.
The following pages offers guidance a number of topics with links to other organisations, such as the NHS, and apps to further support you when faced with mental health related issues.
Taking care of your mental health during COVID-19
Please continue to monitor this section for advice and guidance. We will be keep updating this page with additional information.
The Coronavirus (COVID- 19) outbreak is having a significant impact on all of us. We are here to support your mental wellbeing and provide expert care throughout the pandemic. Please see below for some updates and information from our trusted sources:
- The University subscribes to Togetherall (previously known as Big White Wall) which is an online peer-to-peer support community offering discussions mediated by mental health professionals, as well as self-learning courses and resources. Anyone with a University email address can register for free with Togetherall (select "I'm from a University or College"). Togetherall is free and available 24/7 to students and staff
- The University's Disability Advisory group have put together a website: Covid-19, Information for disabled staff. The University's Equality and Diversity Unit website also has resources for staff with pre-existing mental health conditions and for those in the neurodivergent community in light of COVID-19
- University employees and their families can access a telephone counselling service provided by Carefirst
- The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has published a summary of resources to support higher education staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and guidance on facilitating good line manager conversations, in particular about workload, priorities and wellbeing
- The Education Support Partnership (ESP), a charity supporting staff working in the education sector, has resources including a free, 24/7 telephone support and counselling service available to all staff, and mental health resources on topics which have been highlighted as particularly difficult during the pandemic including dealing with grief and loss, managing anxiety, secondary trauma, and coping in self-isolation
- The University's Department of Experimental Psychology: COVID-19, Our Mental Health page offers tips to help with anxiety. They are also running a series of online lectures titled 'Our Mental Wellness" which aims to inform, dispel myths and generate discussion on a range of mental health topics. This is a great opportunity for students, staff and alumni to hear world-leading researchers from the University of Oxford share their expertise about mental health conditions and effective evidence-based treatments. It is a chance to have your questions answered about how we can look after each other's mental wellness in our community. Talks run twice termly and are open to all staff, students and alumni at the University.
24/7 Mental Health Helpline for Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
The NHS service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people who need mental health care, support or advice when their situation is not life threatening. It supports people of all ages including children and older adults.
Adults: 01865 904997
Children and young people: 01865 904998
Oxford Health: Coronavirus and mental health
The Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has published a series of leaflets on Coronavirus and mental health, how to look after yourself, what to do if a problem persists and where to find further information. The leaflets are all free to download and use.
Other useful resources
Bereavement and grief during COVID-19
Grieving the loss of a loved one may be especially challenging right now. National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub offers guidance, advice and support to people affected by bereavement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.