Mental Health and Well-Being Support Zone

Mental Health and Well-Being Support Zone

Coventry University Group are taking a person-centred approach to supporting positive Mental Health across the whole university community.

We are seeking to ensure that our approach is embedded in every aspect of university life because we believe that by working together, we can build an environment where our students feel content and are able to thrive.

This webpage will give you access to all sorts of information and sources of support.

If you are a student, you can book an appointment with the Health and Wellbeing Team on 02477 658 029 or email counsell.ss@coventry.ac.uk

If you are a member a PGR student, you can use the bookable service below.

In order for us to provide you with accurate signposting information, we are only able to offer you an assessment if you are currently in the UK.

Please note, as of 1st December we will no longer be accepting referrals from staff members. If you would like to speak to someone about how you are feeling, you can self-refer to the Employee Assistance Programme, where you can access counselling and this is also a 24/7 helpline support. Please call: 0117 934 2121 and quote policy number TT8/2124964. This is a confidential service. Staff referred to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Zone after 1st December will be directed to the EAP.


We operate a bookable support service for PGR students. Appointments are available in normal working hours during the week, however they are limited.


Book an appointment

Please see download a list of resources both internal and external, local and national areas of support. These resources are availablle to ALL STUDENTS and STAFF.


Sources of Support

Please be aware that due to ongoing concerns re COVID-19 the wellbeing zone may have to take a flexible approach to managing referrals, which may include telephone appointments.

Useful Links

Please see the links below for further advice and support during this difficult and challenging time.

Looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak

For support during the current crisis situation visit mentalhealth.org.uk.

Help with with stress management

This really simple video will help you manage physical symptoms of stress.

Domestic violence

We know that COVID-19 will have serious impacts on the lives of women and children. Survivors are telling women's aid that they are feeling unsafe with the prospect of being isolated in the house with their perpetrator. We want to reassure survivors be that staff or students that there are resources available to help.

Twitter

You can now follow the Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Zone on Twitter. For more information visit twitter.com/cu_zone.


About Us

The team is made up of Dr Diane Phimister, who is a mental health nurse by background and has had over 30 years’ experience of working in mental health services and at CU, and is a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Trainer; Stephanie McCoy, a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and EMDR practitioner, and who is currently in the process of becoming a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Thomas Truman, who has experience in youth work and is as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Meet the team

Additional information

Other sources of help:

Students

Students can also book an appointment with the welfare team on 024 7765 8029 or email counsell.ss@coventry.ac.uk or visit Counselling and mental health services.

Staff

Counselling is available via the Employee Assistance Programme, where you can have up to 6 sessions. You can also receive ad hoc support 24/7, all of which is self-referral. To access this call 0117 934 2121 and quote policy number TT8/2124964. This is a confidential service and you do not need to inform your line manager.

Please be aware that the first response to this telephone number indicates that our counselling facility is shared with a solicitor’s office. Please keep listening for the available options and the appropriate counselling number will be given.

Alternatively you can contact your line manager or People Team Advisor (to find out who this is, email amber.taroni@coventry.ac.uk), and they will refer you to occupational health counselling for up to 6 sessions. At present, due to the situation with COVID-19, these sessions will take place over Teams.

Please note, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Zone can no longer accept referrals from staff members. If you would like to speak to someone about how you are feeling, you can self-refer to the Employee Assistance Programme, where you can access counselling and this is also a 24/7 helpline support, as per the above details.

Spirituality and Faith Centre

A team of chaplains offering confidential care and pastoral support to the university community (Staff and Students) of all faiths and none.

Website | Tel - 024 77655296 | Email - Faith.ss@coventry.ac.uk

Alternative resources

Samaritans 24/7 free on 116 123

Togetherall -  www.togetherall.com

Emergency

If you are in a life-threatening situation, dial 999 or go to your nearest accident and emergency department.


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