RDM Mental Health Support
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Mental Health Support
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
The course teaches people to spot the signs of mental health issues and guide a person towards support. It does not teach people to be therapists, but does teach people how to respond in a crisis.
Our Mental Health First Aiders aim to have:
- an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect well-being
- practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of a range of mental health issues
- confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress using the Mental Health First Aid action plan
- enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether through self-help resources, internal support, or external sources such as their GP
- an understanding of how to keep themselves safe while performing their duties.
Please feel free to get in touch with any of the mental health first aiders (contact details on the right-hand bar), and pass on this information to any RDM member who you think might benefit from having an informal chat with someone at a convenient location that suits them.
Mental Health Resources
The University provides health and counselling information for both staff and students, including the TogetherAll website (select “I’m from a University or College”) and the staff counselling services.These services are there for you: please don’t hesitate to use them.
The University Student Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy adopts a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing covering all aspects of students’ university experience from learning and life skills to community, inclusion, and support.
If you wish to explore more options, there are a number of websites below which you may useful (please note that these are external to RDM).
For additional online resources, and to find out how the University of Oxford Occupational Health service maybe able to help please contact Occupational Health.
Additional home-working advice, wellbeing guidance, self-help resources and counselling information for staff can be found on University Website.
Mental Health First Aiders
Work + Family Space
Offering access to emergency back-up childcare and adultcare, a 'speak to an expert' phone line and a wide range of guides and webinars through a website called the Work + Family space. University employees can register for free with the Work + Family Space (formerly My Family Care) to access support on family related issues.