Strong relationships with others are an essential part of building resilience and boosting wellbeing.

Evidence shows that connecting with others including colleagues, friends, networks and the wider community promotes wellbeing, and helps build a support network for when times get tough.

We all need to feel close to other people and valued by them. At work, having good relationships with colleagues helps us stay motivated and engaged. Connecting is about being there for others, talking and listening, and feeling a sense of belonging. Meaningful conversations about mental health and wellbeing don’t have to be hard conversations. Being able to talk about our mental health, including our thoughts and feelings, is a sign of connection and a good attitude towards health at work.

  • You can contact one of our volunteer Wellbeing Champions who can talk about and share relevant resources and services with you.
  • Our network of Coaches come from a wide range of roles across the University. Engaging in a coaching conversation can give us the opportunity to take a breath in a safe and supportive environment and explore practical steps for ways forward.
  • The University provides a free and confidential counselling service Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for staff, which is now available remotely.
  • The Education Support Partnership is a 24/7 telephone support line which gives teachers access to professional coaches and counsellors 365 days a year.
  • Not being able to see our families and friends like we normally would, might be difficult. Making an extra effort to stay connected with those important to us will help us to feel less isolated.
  • Make use of your technology. Regularly video calling and messaging those important in your life. There are lots of free apps and websites you can use such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype, Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Support for Microsoft Teams is available to help you to feel more connected to colleagues if you’re working from home. But don’t rely on technology or social media alone to build relationships. It's easy to get into the habit of only ever texting, messaging or emailing people.