People are by nature social creatures. Social connections are important for our survival. Our relationships with family, friends, coworkers and community members can have a major impact on our health and wellbeing.

When people are socially connected and have stable and supportive relationships, they are more likely to make healthy choices and to have better mental and physical health outcomes. They are also better able to cope with hard times, stress, anxiety and depression.

Social connectedness influences our minds, bodies, and behaviours, all of which influence our health and wellbeing. Social connection with others can help:

  • improve your ability to recover from stress, anxiety, and depression
  • promote healthy eating, physical activity, and weight
  • enhance sleep, wellbeing, and quality of life

Social connectedness includes the quality, and diversity of relationships that create a sense of belonging and being cared for, valued and supported. At the University of Bath we hope to encourage this with the variety of networks and groups that are available for staff across the University of Bath.

One example of this was the launch of the Men’s Network on Tuesday, World Mental Health Day. Over 60 men attended to have coffee, cake and chats, winning prizes from the quiz, as well as taking the opportunity for a free health check and advice (blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI).

The Menopause Matters network meet regularly. This is a support group for staff who are going through perimenopause and menopause or those interested in understanding more about this natural stage of life.

For staff who are childless not by choice, the No Kidding network provides a safe space for staff to discuss topics of interest. A successful event was run earlier in the year to help build awareness, offer support, and for participants to learn about essential information on allyship to childless employees in the workplace.

Omnibus brings all University staff together through a variety of social activities. From badminton to board games, photography or theatre, have a look to see if there is something of interest to you.

More information on engaging with these networks can be obtained by following the links above.