Managing our own Mental Wellbeing

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I am experiencing stress - what can I do?

• If you think you are experiencing stress it may be helpful to try to recognise indicators and triggers.
• Please consider the Use of 5 ways to wellbeing as a simple guide to managing your levels of wellbeing.
• It could be useful to talk to your GP about how you are feeling (if you need to find a GP near you please see this website).
• Where possible it can help to discuss with your Line Manager, so they can see what adjustments can be made to support you.
• Your Human Resources contact can provide guidance on related policies and procedures in place to support you. To find out who your contact is, please click here.  
• Our staff Helpline and counselling service is available 24/7 to provide confidential advice and support. For more information on this service please click here.

I am experiencing poor mental health - what can I do?

• Where you feel that you are able to, it can help to talk to family and friends about your concerns. 1 in 4 individuals experience poor mental health at some stage, so it is likely that they may have experienced similar feelings and issues.
• It could be useful to talk to your GP about how you are feeling (if you need to find a GP near you please see this website). You may also want to consider NHS webpages for further guidance.
• Where possible it can help to discuss with your Line Manager, so they can see what adjustments can be made to support you.
• As an employee of the University, you have access to the Wellbeing Zone. This is a website which provides information on many health and wellbeing topics and areas. To register please use the HM001 as the organisation code.
• Our staff Helpline and counselling service is available 24/7 to provide confidential advice and support. For more information on this service please click here.

I am suffering anxiety or panic attacks - what can I do?

• Are you having a panic attack right now? Click here for a guided breathing exercise.
• Find out how you can manage panic attacks by watching the University Counselling Service Video here.
Mind have some great resources and information on what panic and anxiety can look like, and what support and treatments are available.

I am supporting someone else with poor mental wellbeing - what can I do?

• Taking care of someone else can have a significant impact on your own mental and physical wellbeing. It can be helpful to try and take some time for yourself wherever possible to practice some self care. Our Staff Wellbeing programme has a number of activities that are available for you to access and attend for free.
• Where you feel that you are able to, it can help to talk to family and friends about your concerns. 1 in 9 individuals have caring responsibilities so it is likely that someone you know may have had similar experiences to you.  
• Where possible it can help to discuss with your Line Manager, so they can see what adjustments can be made to support you.
• Our staff Helpline and counselling service is available 24/7 to provide confidential advice and support. For more information on this service please click here.
• The University of Sheffield has a set of dedicated principles for those staff with Caring Responsibilities. For more information please click here.

I am experiencing tiredness/fatigue - what can I do?

• Physical and Mental activities can help with regulating sleeping patterns. Our Staff Wellbeing programme has a number of activities that are available for you to access and attend for free.
• It could be useful to talk to your GP about how you are feeling (if you need to find a GP near you please see this website).
NHS Choices have some good webpages that provide information and guidance on how to overcome tiredness and fatigue.

I'm lonely - what can I do?

• We have a number of staff networks available, where you can find people similar to you. To find out about what networks are available and how to join please click here.
• Our staff Helpline and counselling service is available 24/7 to provide confidential advice and support. For more information on this service please click here.
• Sheffield Flourish is a local initiative that supports mental health and wellbeing across the city. To find out more please click here.

I have had a bereavement what can I do?

• It could be useful to talk to your GP about how you are feeling (if you need to find a GP near you please see this website).
• Our staff Helpline and counselling service is available 24/7 to provide confidential advice and support. For more information on this service please click here.
• Where possible it can help to discuss with your Line Manager, so they can see what adjustments can be made to support you.
• Your Human Resources contact can provide guidance on related policies and procedures in place to support you. To find out who your contact is, please click here.
• The University provides compassionate leave in certain circumstances. To find out more please click here.
 

I have questions or concerns about my sexuality or gender - what can I do?

• We have a number of staff networks available, where you can find people similar to you. To find out about what networks are available and how to join please click here.

• The University is committed to building a diverse workforce where everyone can be themselves. We have some Transgender guidance that can be found here.

Our LGBT+ Network have shared their thoughts on the obstacles to good mental health and wellbeing, to read their stories please click here.

• MindLine Trans+ is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, A Gender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary. To find out more please click here.

• Our staff Helpline and counselling service is available 24/7 to provide confidential advice and support. Our helpline provider Health Assured is a member of the Diversity Champions programme, run by the equality charity Stonewall.

If you are struggling to manage your intake of alcohol or drugs, please consider the attached guidance document.

Should you have a concern or query related to managing your own mental health that isn't covered here it may be helpful for you to contact your HR representative for further information and signposting.

If you are supporting a student manage their own wellbeing please find some useful webpages here.

For current activities, features and events please find more information on Staff Health and Wellbeing, by visiting our homepage.