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Durham University

Health and Wellbeing Hub

Health and Wellbeing Hub

Staff Mental Health First Aiders

To support colleagues across the University who may be experiencing mental health difficulties, we’ve launched Mental Health First Aid at Durham.  

Any colleague experiencing emotional distress or mental health difficulties can contact a Staff Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) to access support.   

We have 50 Staff MHFAs - colleagues from a range of roles across the University who have volunteered and received training to support staff when they need it.  

The Staff MHFAs are trained to understand the important factors affecting mental ill health, and to recognise signs and symptoms of a range of mental health difficulties.

Their role is to assist colleagues experiencing a mental health issue or crisis by offering reassurance, listening non-judgementally and sharing information about the professional support available.  

Click on the Lets Talk Staff Mental Health First Aider page on the Health & Wellbing News site to find out more

New - Health & Wellbeing News site.

In line with our Health & Wellbeing Strategy Goal 1 - Communicate with Purpose, we are delighed to launch a new Sharepoint News site with all staff and Students.

The new site will bring up to date Health and Wellbeing News, events, information on a number of topics and signpost support for both staff and students.

Please access the new site here

New Health and Wellbeing Strategy

At Durham we recognise that our staff and students are our greatest asset and we want to support the health and wellbeing of all.

We have developed our first Health and Wellbeing Strategy, with the aim of creating a more responsible, attractive and productive place to work and study. This strategy has been developed through a direct partnership between Human Resources and Organisation Development (HROD), Health and Safety Service, the Occupational Health Service and the Student Support and Wellbeing Directorate.

Health Needs Assessments of students and staff were conducted in 2019 and these identified health issues and actions to address them. The advent of Covid-19 in 2020 required additional consideration of the impact of the pandemic on the health and wellbeing of the university community. The new Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Action Plan were approved by University Council in February 2021 and are now being implemented.

Durham University is committed to a whole University approach to health and wellbeing, and this is of utmost importance at this time. A number of resources are available to our community, prepared by HR, student support services, Experience Durham and many external organisations.

Our Duty of Care statement can be found here


Mental Health and Wellbeing

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Staff and Student Wellbeing Strategy Overview - click the image to find out more

We are delighted to present the Staff and Student Wellbeing Strategy Overview in our new exciting branding. Please click on the image below to access the document.

Employee Assistance Program

An EAP is a confidential employee benefit designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing.

The EAP service provides a complete support network that offers expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7, covering a wide range of issues.

Please click on the above logo to access the EAP pages.

Mindfulness Meditation

The Listening Service

Financial Education & Wellbeing Resources

We are pleased to be able to provide all staff with information regarding education resources to support your financial wellbeing.

We plan to add to this information regularly - if you have a topic which you would like us to consider including, please e-mail