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Health and Safety Services

Health and Well-being

The College seeks to provide a number of initiatives to support the well-being of its staff and students. It has joined the Mindful Employer scheme and there are some resources available through that site. There are a number of self-help guides available for Birkbeck staff and students here:

Links to other college resources will be posted through this page but it does not intend to be exhaustive.

Staff counselling service – Leaflets around College and raised with staff who are in potentially stressful situations in relation to, for example, coping with change, bereavement etc.

Occupational health service – see Sickness Absence Policy plus posters around College from the OH provider about mental health.

Equality and Diversity at Birkbeck web page:

Health at Work/Wellbeing at Work web page – gives brief advice on keeping healthy, including ‘happiness’ as well as linking to occupational health provider.

Dignity at Work policy (regarding harassment and bullying) and individual staff acting as Dignity at Work and Study Contacts).

Training courses:

•         Equality and Diversity Essentials – covers protected characteristics and mentions Mindful Employer.

•         Recruitment & Selection. Face-to-face course and online module - cover protected characteristics including disabilities.

•         Managing Mental Well-being at Work (delivered by Mind). This event provides managers, team leaders and staff members with supervisory responsibility the opportunity to broaden their understanding of mental wellbeing and their responsibilities for staff. Expected Learning Outcomes: By the end of this event you should be able to describe: The early signs of stress, anxiety and depression as they can manifest at work; A range of strategies for supporting a member of staff who is stressed or has a mental health condition; The legislative and policy-related requirements to manage mental health at work.

•         Foundation to Management Course – have included a session on resilience which includes a part on mental well-being.

Regular activities

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Health & Safety Services, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX. Tel: 020 7631 6218, email: