Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health, and it is important that we take care of both. In the UK, it is estimated that one in six workers are currently dealing with a mental health condition at work, with one in four people being affected by mental ill-health each year.
Awareness of mental health issues in the workplace is growing and we are putting in place many interventions to help support the wellbeing of our staff and to develop and sustain a healthy working environment.
Time to Change Pledge
We signed the Time to Change pledge as part of our commitment to changing how we think, talk and act about mental health. To support this campaign, a number of staff and students came forward to share their experiences of mental health. Listen to Steve's story here:
Steve is a Deputy Warden and Security Officer at the University. The full Bristol Stories series is available on YouTube, and features a variety of students and staff.
Policy and Guidance for managers
- Managing Health and Absence: Policy - includes managing short-term absence, support for staff when absent, and support for staff at work when they are experiencing personal difficulties.
- Managing Absence: Further Guidance for Managers - includes guidance on time off for medical appointments, sick pay arrangements, and how to raise concerns about staff absences.
- Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace - Guidance for Managers - aims to assist managers in supporting the mental health of individuals.
Support for staff
Wellness Action Plans
As part of the Time to Change pledge, we have introduced Wellness Action Plans to encourage a more proactive approach to promoting mental wellbeing at work. The Plans are voluntary and provide a framework through which we can begin conversations around mental health with our colleagues and managers. Wellness Action Plans and associated guidance can be accessed here.
University Staff Counselling Service
The Staff Counselling Service is available to assist with both personal and work-related problems.
Staff Development activity
NHS Moodzone offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
Access to Work: Workplace Mental Health Support Service
The Workplace Mental Health Support Service is free and confidential, delivered by Remploy and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions. It is available to any employee with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues affecting their work.
Sleep Matters – Mental Health Foundation
Sleep Matters provides sound, evidence-based advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep.