In this instalment of 'Let's Talk About Disability', we are talking about mental health.
Every year, the first Thursday in March is University Mental Health Day. This day is a reminder to look after ourselves and support others but to also continue talking about our mental health and wellbeing. Having these conversations has never been more important, to raise awareness, recognise the challenges and share information about support.
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How common are mental health problems?
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England.
The overall number of people reporting mental health problems has been going up in recent years.
You can find more mental health facts and statistics on the Mind website.
Stories from our community
Learn more by reading the personal story of a staff member below and of a student in this blog - Head Strong: How I managed my mental health during my studies.
“After a period of traumatic events in my home life last year, I felt anxious, teary, and had chronic insomnia. I took some time off to look after myself but the feelings of anxiety and low mood were overpowering. It had been suggested that I contact the Employee Assistance Scheme to talk to someone about what support might be available but I had many concerns such as confidentiality, what would be offered and if it would make any difference at all. After much thought I decided I had nothing to lose and made the initial call, and I can honestly say I am so glad I did. I was offered therapy in my local area, which was flexible to my life and working patterns, and was centred on my experience and individual needs. Of course, there was no quick fix- I still have good days and bad days. But when I look back, that support was integral to me moving forward and rebuilding myself. Don’t suffer in silence, speak to someone.”
Anonymous staff member
The Staff Wellbeing Hub provides an overview of all support available for staff.
The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a confidential support service designed to help University employees deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health, and general wellbeing.
Our EAP service, which is delivered by an organisation called Health Assured, provides a complete support network that offers expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7, covering a wide range of issues. The EAP service is entirely confidential and individuals who use the service cannot be identified by the University.
The EAP also has a health and wellbeing mobile application My Healthy Advantage, which is available for employees to download and use confidentially. The EAP is a confidential support service designed to help employees deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting home life or work life, health and general wellbeing.
Through Togetherall, a safe online community where staff and students can connect with others, and both offer and gain advice and support. With a range of online resources and guided support courses we can learn and develop new tools to help our mental health and wellbeing.
Wellbeing and Student Support offer a range of services are to students as well as advice to staff supporting students. Initial wellbeing consultations are available on a daily basis, as well as weekly masterclasses and specialist skills sessions. Support and guidance is offered with managing the impact of mental health disabilities on study and students can also access a range of therapeutic interventions and self-help resources.
Join the Disabled Staff Network. The network is open to all staff members with an interest in making the University a more accessible place for all and creating a more inclusive environment.
Find out more about the work of the Students' Union Disabled Students’ Officer and Warwick Enable - the disability liberation and campaigning society on campus for disabled students, their friends, allies and carers or enablers, and anyone who is passionate about disability and inclusivity.
The Library understands the challenges and stresses of academic life, and the impact this can have on mental health. As such, the Library not only provides support through resources, information, and facilities, but also through connection and community...
Talk to an Academic Support Librarian about research for assignments and projects, reading lists, specialist databases and finding scholarly information.
The Library has a range of services and facilities to support students with disabilities or learning differences whilst studying at Warwick. We can provide individual advice on how to use the Library and signpost further support. We also have our Accessible Study RoomsLink opens in a new window available to for disabled students to book and a wide range of assistive softwareLink opens in a new window for all.
Connect with your peers at Community Engagement team at Library events and workshops. There’s the Study HappyLink opens in a new window programme and Postgrad specificLink opens in a new window events. There are also events for the teaching community. Check out the Library's What’s on CalendarLink opens in a new window.
Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard is a discreet way to choose to make the invisible visible. It discreetly indicates to people that the wearer may need additional support, help or a little more time.
Get adjustments to support you in your work or studies.
- Adjustments for staff: MAP is a tool to help you to have meaningful and confidential conversations with your line manager or other University representative.
- Adjustments for students: Disability Services can support you to access a range of adjustments, exam arrangements, advice, and one to one study skills support.
As members of the Business Disability Forum, the University has access to a range of Member Resources including toolkits, factsheets, case studies, videos, and webinars to help you understand more about how to be disability inclusive. Just sign up with your University email address to get a free account.
Membership also grants us unlimited access to BDF's confidential Advice Service, a team of expert advisers who are enthusiastic about improving disabled people’s experiences of employment and users of services.