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The whole university approach to wellbeing

Understand the University's approach to supporting and promoting mental wellbeing across the organisation.

The University of Bath's approach

We have adopted a whole university approach to mental wellbeing and aspire to create a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community.


The University of Bath's approach is aligned with the #Stepchange campaign promoted by Universities UK. Visit their website to find out more about the campaign

The University of Bath Strategy 2021 to 2026 recognises the fundamental importance of staff and student wellbeing. Acknowledging the strides already made in the provision of support, training, and resources to support staff wellbeing, it pledges to continue to focus in this area over the next five years.

Values are at the heart of our strategy and encompass:

  • fostering inclusion, equality, diversity, and accessibility where the unique value of each individual is recognised as we build a community of trust and care by treating each other with respect.

Mental Health Charter

The University of Bath signed the Time to Change pledge in 2014, a national campaign to tackle the stigma and prejudice associated with poor mental health in the workplace. Whilst this initiative closed on 31st March 2021 the work is not over as the University is now engaged with the Mental Health Charter.

Supporting the commitment to the Mental Health Charter, Professor Ian White, Vice Chancellor and President commented: “The mental health and wellbeing of our staff and students is a key priority for our institution and we hope that the Mental Health Charter programme will allow us to look critically at our own practices and provision and ensure that the University is a safe, satisfying and happy place to work and study”.

By aligning ourselves with the charter we will be recognising the excellent work that is already ongoing at the University, as well using the Charter Framework to identify areas for development.

We aim to create a thriving, sustainable and safe community and workplace through a three tier approach:

1) Promote; taking a proactive approach

2) Prevent; be aware, then prepare to take action

3) Support; spot the signs and respond

Promote

The University offers a range of support to take a proactive approach in promoting mental health and wellbeing.


Prevent

There are a number of resources to help you be aware and take action in managing mental health and wellbeing.


Support

A wide support network to help you spot the signs and respond.