The University offers staff a range of courses and resources to help improve your mental and physical wellbeing at work and in life.
For all staff:
- Bristol Mind: Building confidence in responding to student mental health
- Bristol Mind: Mental Health First Aid for HE
- Managing Yourself and Your Time (Professional Services staff)
- Five ways to Wellbeing
- Self-Defence Essentials
- Sleep Clinics
- Breathing Space
Financial Wellbeing (all staff):
- Stage 1: Taking control of your finances
- Stage 2: Planning for the future
- Stage 3: Preparing for retirement
- Financial Wellness 1:1 Surgery
- Bristol Mind: Mental Health Awareness for Managers
- Managing Health and Absence (Professional Services staff sign-up)
- Managing Health and Absence (Academic Staff sign-up)
Resources for Wellbeing
Wellness Action Plan
A Wellness Action Plan (WAP) is a practical and proactive way to support your mental health at work. This is a well-used tool developed by the mental health charity MIND, which we have adapted for use by University staff.
KnowHow resources on Wellbeing
Explore KnowHow's extensive resources on wellbeing, with topics such as managing stress, mindfulness, good mental health and even how to sleep better.
'How to manage stress'
This booklet, created by mental health charity Mind, is for anyone who wants to learn how to manage stress. It explains what stress is, what might cause it and how it can affect you. It also includes information about help and support, as well as providing tips for friends and family.
'Preparing yourself for retirement'
This helpful article from Saga offers guidance on how to prepare your thoughts, feelings and emotions for the next phase in your life.
What makes you happy?
This inspirational playlist of videos from TED explores the origins, nature and secrets of happiness.
'Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world'
Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University is internationally renowned for his Mindfulness research and authorship. Find out more here about his market-leading books on The Art of Breathing, Mindfulness for Creativity and Mindfulness for Health.
Mindfulness from the NHS
The NHS has a helpful webpage containing information and resources about mindfulness and how to practice it in everyday life to reduce stress and enhance enjoyment of life.
'Be Mindful' online mindfulness course
Learning to practise mindfulness is one of the most dramatically effective things you can do to open up opportunities and enjoy less stress, depression and anxiety in daily life. With Be Mindful, the decision to start practising mindfulness couldn’t be simpler; you can complete the course on your phone, tablet or computer, it's easy-to-follow, and in as little as 4 weeks you'll be rewarded with mindfulness skills that last a lifetime.
'Mindfulness in 8 weeks'
Michael Chaskalson's 8 week step-by-step guide to Mindfulness combines Stress Reduction and Cognitive Therapy techniques that you can practice in your own home and in your own time. Reading this book is as near as you can get to being on a teacher-led mindfulness course without actually being on one!
Stress management and wellbeing for staff
As part of the University's commitment to providing a positive working environment, this page has been developed as a gateway to services and resources across the University that will help you understand, manage and reduce work related stress and improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
The guide includes
- Time to Change campaign - personal stories
- Policy and Guidance for managers
- Support for staff
Sport, Exercise and Health offer a range of memberships, classes and facilities that can contribute to your health and wellbeing.
Staff Social is all about getting you connected with the University community – its events, clubs, people and places
The Staff Counselling Service offers individual counselling appointments and group sessions on mindfulness.
Find out how we aim to make working life at the University productive, rewarding, enjoyable and healthy. Visit the PositiveWorking@Bristol web pages