Many of us may be working or studying from home with limited interactions with others. Here are a range of resources available to support employees and students during this time.
UEA academic Dr Kate Russell from EDU is using her experience in mindfulness to record sessions for staff and students. These sessions are a chance for people try guided meditation in their own home and are free.
It takes 20 minutes for each session – find out more: Mindfulness Session - Body Scan - Awareness of Breath - Mountain Meditation - Mindful Eating - - Awareness of Breath, Body, Sounds and Thought - Mindful Stretching - Mindful Walking - Three Step Breathing Space
Sportspark Online Sessions
Sportspark colleagues have put together a series of workout sessions which you can view online. From stretching, through to a step-workout - core home workout videos with Rachael Tate - and a home workout based on a chair. The sessions are designed to be a gentle introduction to exercise.
Health Assured EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)
All UEA students and staff have 24/7 access to Health Assured’s programme, which can be accessed over the phone (0800 030 5812) or online via their Health and Wellbeing Portal or Health e-Hub app. Phone calls are answered by an experienced adviser or trained therapist, depending on the nature of your call, and can speak to you about your general wellbeing, finances, family issues, legal advice, relationship advice, counselling, stress and anxiety and much more. Details of how to log on to the online resources are available for both students and staff. They’ve also produced a webinar on how to look after your wellbeing during covid-19.
With the Enlitened app, students can receive tailored content on study, life and wellbeing – they’ve also recently announced a partnership with Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, so students can receive their expert advice direct to their phones. In response to covid-19, they’ve added a collection of new content into their in-app library, including articles and videos from student and expert psychologists on topics such as coping with uncertainty, studying remotely, and strategies for loneliness, anxiety and overwhelm. UEA are currently the only university in the country to offer the Enlitened app to all its undergraduate students. Download the app on the App Store or Google Play, or find out more about Enlitened on their website.
Mind has produced some useful advice and guidance for people who are worried about Covid-19 and how it could affect their life. The information is designed to help if you are worried about coronavirus, if you are self-isolating, or if you are home alone and following the Government guidance.
You might find yourself feeling worried about the spread of coronavirus and its impact on you and your loved ones. These feelings are normal and it’s important we acknowledge them and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health. Student Minds has specific guidance on how to look after your mental health while staying at home.
Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust - First Response
First Response is a 24/7 helpline offering immediate advice, support and signposting for people with mental health difficulties.
If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed or worried about your mental health you can now call the helpline on 0808 196 3494.
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters is a mental health campaign created by Public Health England, with tips and advice developed with experts and approved by the NHS. They’ve created a range of resources on looking after your wellbeing during the covid-19 outbreak, including coronavirus anxiety tips, mental wellbeing while staying at home, and 7 simple tips to tackle working from home.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation have put together a range of different resources to help people during the covid-19 outbreak, including tips for employees and employers to look after their mental health while working, tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing when staying at home, help and advice on financial and housing worries, and how random acts of kindness can help us during this time.
Even if you don’t have the app, Headspace have put together some resources on their website to help with relieving stress, feeling overwhelmed and more. They’ve also put together some resources for supporting employee mental health, including guided mediation and exercises. A larger collection of resources, including meditations, sleep, and movement exercises, are available in the Headspace app.
British Red Cross - Toolkit
The British Red Cross have put together a mental wellbeing and first aid toolkit to give people practical advice and tools to help look after themselves and their families during covid-19.
Dr Dominique Thompson - Student Wellbeing Blogs
Dr Dominique Thompson, a GP and expert on young people’s mental health, has written a series of blogs for students:
A Student Survival Guide – Self-Isolation
Coping With Coronavirus Anxiety
Emerging from Isolation – How can you prepare?
She also has a YouTube channel with advice videos made for students.