We will continue to add tips, advice and guidance to this page, as well as various resources that we hope will help all staff manage their wellbeing during this time.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR WELLBEING WHILST WORKING FROM HOME
As many of us are having to adapt to working from home, we have produced this short document which gives tips on how to look after yourself during this time.
TELEPHONE HELPLINE SUPPORT
This is an external service offered by Medicash. Speak to a trained counsellor 24/7, 365 days a year.
They can offer support and advice on various topics, including health & wellbeing, relationships, work, bereavement, finances and childcare.
To access the support line, call 0345 565 1851 and mention you are LJMU Staff.
or visit their website: www.medicash.org/wellness
UNUM DENTAL PLAN - OPT-IN PERIOD NOW OPEN
**The annual period to join this scheme is now closed**
to make available arrangements for all staff that provides cover in the event
of them requiring dental treatment.
As routine dental treatment is becoming increasingly costly it may be worth considering a dental plan. This voluntary scheme is a dental insurance policy available to you, provided by Unum Dental. It is considerably less expensive than an individual plan.
N.B. New members of staff can join the scheme within the first month of their employment, by completing the application form below.
Please note once downloaded, the application form can be filled in electronically by clicking 'fill and sign' button on the right hand side of the document. Once completed and signed, save and email this direct to Unum Dental as per instructions on the form.
More information can be found here:
You can also watch a short video about the scheme here and a webinar which gives more detail here.
Please call 020 7265 7111 or email email@example.com for queries specific to policy/cover, or contact Liz Cousins (HR) via email if you have any other queries.
Dr Peter Malinowski, Reader in the Natural Sciences and Psychology department, and experienced Mindfulness Practitioner has written some useful information about the practice of mindfulness and how it can be applied during uncertain times. Read about this here.
Peter has recorded a series of videos to help understand the process and guided mindfulness sessions for practice:
SILVER CLOUD ONLINE PROGRAMME
We have partnered with a programme to help people through COVID-19 by developing emotional coping strategies and support with how to deal with grief and loss.
SilverCloud is a self-help cognitive behaviour therapy programme, offering a variety of modules to support us all in our day-to-day lives during the pandemic and beyond.
There are modules on depression, anxiety, stress and body image, as well as the new module on COVID-19.
Togetherall is an award-winning online mental health and wellbeing service designed to help people get support, take control and feel better. It provides 24/7 peer and professional support plus a range of wellbeing tools to help people to self-manage their mental wellbeing.
To find out more watchand visit their website here to get started.
In light of recent events, a video resource, recorded by facilitator Jason Boulter, is currently available:
These sessions focus on raising awareness of how to respond positively to periods of acute stress and pressure, by building resilience and the capability to respond to challenging events. Looking at tools, techniques and methods that can help create a resilient attitude.
Contact Jason Boulter for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING
Regular training is available either as a 2-day Mental Health Awareness course, or a 1-day HE specific course available to staff.
Contact Julie Bennett for further details: email@example.com
More information is available on the dedicated microsite which has been developed to help staff and students cope during the pandemic.
Visit the site here.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR ADULTS
Anton Du Beke - Fit at 50 & Elevenses with Anton
Royal Academy of Dance - RAD@Home including FREE online ‘Silver Swans’ ballet exercise classes
Karen Hauer - various workouts including Stretch Flow, CardioKe & ABSolute Power
YinYan Yoga – free and paid for online classes available
Breath & Being Yoga - online classes via Zoom
NHS Fitness Studio - contains dozens of instructor-led videos across aerobics exercise, strength, resistance and pilates (including activities suitable for people with long-term health conditions)
Sport England #StayInWorkOut – Join the Movement!
Fit For Me - campaign aimed at inspiring people living and working in Liverpool to be more active
The British Heart Foundation - videos and exercises (including many that can be done whilst seated)
Race For Life #RaceForLifeAtHome
BTR Virtual Race Series - Are you a regular runner or looking to take up running? From June 2020, BTR are offering you the chance to enter a series of virtual runs, completed in your own time, in exchange for a medal and bragging rights.
Below is a range of online resources that might help you maintain/improve your mental health;
Metropolitan Cathedral Weekly Mass - service streamed live
Mental Health Foundation 'Take Action, Get Active' challenge launched 1st May - get moving for mental health this May! If you missed it you can still take part.
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, 18th-24th May 2020, was Kindness.
Read Liverpool FREE eReading service – browse and download books, audiobooks, magazines and comics to your phone, tablet or e-reader
Culture Liverpool - various resources to keep you active, engaged and connected
The Guide Liverpool - Local News and Events
Visit Liverpool - Latest news as Liverpool opens its doors #LoveYourLiverpool
Autumnwatch 2020 - catch up now
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR KIDS
Home schooling your children and managing your workload can seem an almost impossible task, but there are lots of resources online that can help keep kids entertained and support their learning. LDF have collated some resources that might help with home schooling, and you can read more here.
Below is a range of other online resources that might help with this and keep to some routine;
09.00am - PE with Joe Wicks
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vordeman
11.00am - English with David Walliams
11.00am - Oti Mabuse Kids Dance
13.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass
14.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days)
16.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels
- Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests
- Geography with Steve Backshall
- Harry Potter at Home - including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone read-along with stars and famous friends
- Free stories for kids of all ages from Audible
Coronavirus A Book For Children - illustrated by Axel Scheffler
- Try the 30 Day Lego Challenge or 31 Day Lego Challenge (a new build for every day)
- Create a rainbow of hope in your window #ChaseTheRainbow
Try your hand at BBC Strictly Come Dancing's #keepdancingchallenge
Visit Chester Zoo - a virtual tour exploring the different animals at the zoo, led by the keepers themselves
HSBC UK & British Cycling Let's Ride Local - cycling tips and family rides from your doorstep