In these uncertain times, and as we adapt to a new way of working and living, it is important to pay attention to your mental health.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

QMU’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) offers staff 24/7 confidential support service. They offer support with the following:

  • Home, work and financial issues
  • Challenging situations
  • Medical concerns

Freephone them on 0800 0727 072 or visit axabesupported.co.uk.

Login details are as follows:

Username: Information
Password: Supported

You can also find some great material from the EAP on HR’s intranet page.

Online mindfulness

Weekly online mindfulness meditation drop-in sessions are being organised by Student Services for staff and students. Anyone interested in finding out about mindfulness is welcome to come along and participate. The sessions are especially suitable for people who have already attended the eight week Foundation course in Mindfulness and Contemplative Education course offered at the university or similar courses and are keen to further develop their practice. We will be using Zoom and after registering, you will be invited by email and sent a link to join the session. If you are a staff member please book onto a session via Employee Self Service, students can register by emailing develop@qmu.ac.uk.

Health and wellbeing tips

We recognise that staying at home for a prolonged period may be dif cult, challenging, frustrating and /or lonely for some people to varying degrees.

This Health and Wellbeing document provides some useful hints and tips to help protect your health and wellbeing as you come to terms with settling and adapting to working remotely.

Supporting staff dealing with bereavement and grief

During the global coronavirus pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. Bereaved staff members may have to deal with increased trauma, and may be cut off from some of their usual support network. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.

To support a member of staff dealing with bereavement and grief, the line manager should have a read through the advice in this Supporting Staff Dealing with Bereavement and Grief guide.

Thrive

Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership’s Thrive newsletter is dedicated to advice on looking after your mental health and wellbeing in the current situation.

Other helpful resources

Coronavirus and your wellbeing - mind.org.uk

What to do if you're anxious about coronavirus - youngminds.org.uk

Mental health considerations during COVID-19 outbreak - World Health Organisation

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