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UCL supports Mental Health Action Week 2010

31 March 2010


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  • OHS information: Managing pressure and developing resilience
  • MoodGYM
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • UCL Occupational Health Service is supporting Mental Health Action Week 2010, running 4-11 April.

    Each spring the Mental Health Foundation uses Mental Health Action Week to raise awareness of mental health issues across the country. This year it has put together some 'good mental health' packs including:

    How to look after your mental health information pack, covering

    • how to look after your mental health
    • how to look after your mental health using exercise
    • how to overcome fear and anxiety.

    Wellbeing pack, covering

    • how to look after your mental health using exercise
    • healthy eating, and depression
    • Talking Therapies explained.

    UCL's Occupational Health Service (OHS)  has a limited number of packs available for staff. If you are interested in receiving a pack, email the OHS with your UCL address and which pack you would like to receive, and one will be sent to you. Alternatively call into the Occupational Health Service to collect a pack.

    The Employee Assistance Programme is running regular 'webinars' that are free to join. The April webinar, entitled 'Stick with it', will take place on Wednesday 21 April at 12:30pm. It will examine strategies and tips to help you:

    • create your wellness vision and healthy living goals and
    • identify and learn techniques to overcome the common obstacles that often block the way to goal achievement.

    Find out more by following the webinar information link at the top of this notice.

    You may also want to visit the Occupational Health website which features information on managing pressure and developing resilience. In addition, MoodGYM is an online cognitive behavioural therapy tool that helps address negative thoughts and avoid depression and anxiety (see link above).

    Other sources of support at UCL

    • The Occupational Health Service provides support on work-related health issues such as musculoskeletal problems, workplace and travel vaccinations, support for long- and short-term sickness absence and health surveillance amongst other areas. Please click the link for a more detailed information:
    • UCL offers an in-house counselling service, which is open to all members of staff. Staff are invited to consider counselling to address any issue that is causing them professional or personal difficulty, including conflict, anxiety or stress, relationship problems, loss or bereavement, alcohol or drug dependency, depression or eating disorders.
    • The Employee Assistance Programme provides UCL staff with help to resolve personal and work-related problems, which may affect health, wellbeing and work performance. These may include health, family, consumer information, relationship, legal and financial problems.
    • Many employee assistance services are available online, including advice on financial, legal and emotional difficulties.

    Student support

    UCL provides a range of support to its students, including help and advice relating to health, legal, academic, sexuality, welfare, family problems and many other areas. Students might also find CALM useful: an online, multimedia health information and self-management package, designed to help people understand and manage a range of common mental health problems and illnesses. 

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