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Durham University

Organisation Development

Health and Wellbeing of Yourself and Others - Five Ways to Wellbeing

Please access a short Stream video showcasing the tools and resources available that can help colleagues at this time.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based public mental health messages aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole population:

  1. Connect
  2. Be Active
  3. Take Notice
  4. Keep Learning
  5. Give.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing help us to care for our mental health and wellbeing and regularly practicing the Five Ways is beneficial for everyone. The pages below include suggestions about how we can all use the Five Ways to Wellbeing at Durham University and have been developed using guidance from the NHS and the involvement of specialist areas across the institution e.g. Counselling Service, Occupational Health Services, Health and Safety Service, Team Durham and Chaplaincy. We will regularly update the pages and would welcome any suggestions you have as to what would be useful to include. Please share them through the Wellbeing and Working Differently channel on the Help Us Help You Microsoft Team.

“I encourage colleagues to consider their wellbeing holistically, including spiritual wellbeing. Of course, the University is a diverse multi-faith and multi-cultural community and so there will be a range of differing approaches to spiritual wellbeing. Consequently, there's a range of opportunities offered, including online Mindfulness sessions (TAKING NOTICE), virtual faith and belief communities (CONNECT) and initiatives that enable us to serve others (GIVE). Taking time to care for your wellbeing is time well spent!”

Reverend Gavin Wort, Coordinating Chaplain

For further information on each of the Five Ways to Wellbeing please click on the icons below.


Durham University is committed to promoting the positive mental wellbeing of all employees, and in support of this an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is now available to all staff. The EAP is a confidential employee benefit designed to help colleagues deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting home life, work life, health and general wellbeing. The EAP includes a wellbeing portal, a 24/7 helpline and a pathway to structured counselling sessions. A number of Wellbeing Webinars are available on this site, for further information click here.