The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have caused a level of understandable anxiety in everyone regarding their own and others’ physical and mental wellbeing and could have a long-term impact on everyone’s mental health. Alongside this, fear and uncertainty about the COVID-19 infection can be exacerbated by work pressures and demands. As the pandemic continues to restrict usual work and home and leisure activities, many staff are feeling isolated whilst others are also juggling caring responsibilities for children and relatives.
Since 2015, over 700 staff and students have been trained as Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA), which is helping to reduce Mental Health stigma at the University and foster a safe, enabling environment where mental and physical health are valued equally.
To develop our Mental Health First Aid service and make this more accessible to the staff community, we have formed the Dedicated Mental Health First Aiders, a network who have completed the MHFA course and who have volunteered to offer confidential and informal support to staff on mental health matters.
Whether it is meeting with a Supporter on Zoom or going for a lunchtime walk with them on campus, the network will provide a non-judgemental, confidential listening ear as well as providing suggestions of other relevant support services, based on the principles of Mental Health First Aid.
Anything discussed with a Mental Health Supporter will be kept confidential, unless there is a concern regarding a risk posed to an individual.
Contact a Mental Health First Aider
You can do so by contacting them as detailed in their profiles below.