Training and resources
There are various resources available through the University, and through external sources. See below some information of these services. You can also view available training opportunities.
Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Many of us are forced to change our daily routine, this includes home-working, reducing social contacts to a minimum and, in some cases, complete isolation. You might feel worried and find these drastic changes stressful and difficult. The mental health charity MIND has compiled some useful resources that might help in coping with the new situation.
Mental Health First Aid England
Stress is a part of everyone's life, but not everyone deals with it well all the time. This Interactive Stress Container, from Mental Health First Aid England, is a tool to help you think about the stresses you face.
My Family Care
The University of Oxford has made a commitment to helping its employees manage their care responsibilities by partnering with My Family Care, a specialist provider of family friendly employee benefits. Work+Family space is designed to give parents and carers the support they need, that best helps them combine work and family.
Services available through the University of Oxford:
- New resources to support home-working and staff wellbeing
- Information for parents and carers
- Managing mental health in the workplace
- Occupational Health Service: Mental health
- Information for staff with pre-existing mental health conditions and for those in the neurodivergent community
- Beating eating disorders
- #Coronaanxiety support & resources
- OCD and Coronavirus survival tips
- Support for staff with dyslexia or dyspraxia
- Support for staff with disabilities
- Wellbeing at Oxford: Student wellbeing and mental health strategy
Navigating the Coronavirus impact
Work+Family space offer a new webinar series and address various different topics emerging from the Coronavirus outbreak, these include maintaining good mental health and wellbeing; best practices for remote working; managing support for elderly and vulnerable dependants; maintaining domestic harmony and positive relationships; talking to children and young people about the virus; amongst many others.
Oxford Mindfulness Centre – free online sessions & podcasts
Considering the difficult times currently faced amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre is offering weekly online mindfulness sessions, open to those who feel they would benefit. These sessions are completely free and open to the general public, meaning you do not need prior mindfulness experience or practice to take part. Each session will also be available as a free podcast shortly after for anyone who missed the live session or wishes to practice again.
The People and Organisational Development
Based at the University of Oxford, the People and Organisational Development Unit provides a range of courses, including those relating to gender equality, such as the Oxford women’s development programme, and personal effectiveness.
Supporting student mental health – training sessions for DPhil supervisors
Following a successful pilot session last October with Directors of Graduate Studies, the Graduate School are now pleased to offer one further training session for DPhil supervisors, on the theme of supporting good student mental health, and supporting students who are in difficulty or distress.
The session details are:
- 12.00 – 2.00 pm, Monday 29 June, in Room UG A/B at the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre (MSTC), South Parks Road area. Directions here.
- The session will last 2 hours and will be led by the Head of the Counselling Service, Alan Percy. The format of the session will be an interactive presentation followed by group discussion of case studies.
Supervisors wishing to attend must pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration will close one week before the date of the session, unless notified otherwise. Places are limited, therefore if demand is high, we may not be able to accommodate everyone on this occasion. Attendees should arrive promptly and lunch will be provided at the start of the session.
Attendees may find it useful to work through the following e-learning package beforehand (and other supervisors and staff may also be interested to work through it): http://learning.cwmt.org.uk - Charlie Waller Memorial Trust e-Learning package for academic and non-academic staff to support students who may have mental health issues.