MIND’s Mentally Healthy Universities Programme
Homerton is pleased to be taking part in MIND’s Mentally Healthy Universities Programme. Mental Health Champions in the workplace take action to raise awareness of mental health problems amongst staff and challenge mental health stigma.
Mental Health Champions
Kelly Collinwood (Tutorial Office) firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Bradshaw (Bursary) email@example.com
Paul Coleman (Conference & Catering) firstname.lastname@example.org
(Paul is also a Staff Mental Health Peer Supporter)
Staff Mental Health Peer Support
Peer Supporters give support at work, whether it be a friendly ear to offload to or someone who can advise a little on where to find additional help and support. Through peer support, people share something of themselves and their experience in order to create a connection with others. It gives people the space to share what they are experiencing and to feel heard. Any one-to-one contact or communication with a Mental Health Champion or Peer Supporter is confidential unless there is reason to believe there is a safeguarding issue.
University Counselling Service
Homerton College is able to refer its staff for counselling with the Staff Counselling Centre. The first step is to approach your HR office, College Wellbeing Coordinator or College Nurse and enquire about the possibility of counselling.
University of Cambridge Staff Counselling Services
Members of staff can contact the HR Manager for a referral. This is a free confidential service if referred through the college, or can be accessed individually by staff members for a fee.
Disabled Staff Network
The Disabled Staff Network is open to staff who identify as disabled, have long-term health conditions, identify as neurodivergent, or support colleagues or care for someone who is disabled or has a long-term condition, or who want to know more. Click here to find out more and to join the network
Bite-sized guide for employees
The quality of our mental health affects how we think, feel and act in all aspects of our life, including our physical health and relationships among other things. That’s why it is essential for us to talk openly about it and do what we can to actively support our own wellbeing.
There are many things that can cause our mental health to decline, both at work and outside of it; from an unmanageable workload, to a lack of managerial support or
financial difficulties, to a breakdown of a relationship or a decline in our physical health. Some of us may already have a diagnosed mental health condition, some can be afraid to seek help or may not know where to start, and others may not even realise they are suffering with mental ill-health. Whatever your situation, your mental health is of immeasurable value, which is why understanding the quality of it is very important. So this guide provides some insightful mental health and wellbeing takeaways for you to consider and explore.
The following mental health awareness videos can be viewed by following the link below:
The 5 Pillars of Resilience
What is anxiety?
What are Mental Health First Aiders? Why are they important?
The iHASCO Breathing Tool
The shocking statistics surrounding Mental Ill-Health