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Thursday 19 October
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Mental wellbeing / stress


Mental health and the ability to cope with the normal stresses of everyday life is a key component of our overall health and wellbeing. Social, psychological and biological factors can all have an impact on your level of mental health. While you can't prevent stress you can manage it by learning how to relax, taking regular exercise and managing your time effectively.

The Wheel of Wellbeing explains how activities such as being active, giving to others, connecting with families and friends, taking notice of nature and caring for the planet can all help improve our feeling of wellbeing. Click here for lots of practical tips on how to manage your own wellbeing.

Paying more attention to the present moment to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing. Click here for more information on Mindfulness.

Our Chaplaincy offer support for staff as well as students and will be happy to talk to staff about any issues. We also run meditation sessions in Cambridge on Wednesdays from 12.15 12.45 in Helmore 115 during teaching weeks and in Chelmsford on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.10 12.50 in the Chaplaincy Centre. For further details contact the Chaplaincy.

You can unwind at lunchtime by visiting our campus allotments in Cambridge and Chelmsford. If you would like to be involved you can find out more at The Plot.

Listening to music is also relaxing so why not go to one of our regular lunchtime concerts at our Cambridge campus, further details are available here.

Volunteering can improve your mental wellbeing. Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness such as volunteering are associated with positive mental wellbeing. Giving your time to others can stimulate the reward areas in the brain, creating positive feelings. Helping and working with others can also give us a sense of purpose and feelings of self-worth. Visit our Employee Benefits page to find out more about volunteering.


Services run by MIND


Mid and North Essex MIND and Cambridgeshire MIND both run a number of wellbeing services which are often free for participants.

Employee support helpline


We support colleagues through times of higher stress by offering access to a free, confidential helpline:

Employee Support Helpline call 0800 980 6830 (or from abroad: +44 1865 397 621) or visit www.livewell.optum.com (Username/Access Code: anglia)

Psychological Wellbeing Service


Did you know that you can refer yourself for treatment under the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) initiative. Please visit the following links for further information:

Support and advice



Last Updated 15/02/2017