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If you can't find what you're looking for here or in our Index, or have any questions please email usThe Occupational Health team can also help you with expert confidential advice and support.

Spectrum Life is our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is a confidential, neutral service provided by an external company to support colleagues at the University, including free counselling. 

Anxiety and Depression

Read stories shared by your colleagues about their experience of anxiety here and depression here.

What is Anxiety?

"Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – particularly about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future. Anxiety is a natural human response when we feel that we are under threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations." - Mind.

What is Depression?

"Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life. In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn't stop you leading your normal life but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal." - Mind.


Support available for your mental health:

Spectrum Life

  • Spectrum Life is our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is a confidential, neutral service provided by an external company to support colleagues at the University. They provide free counselling support for your mental health, including anxiety and depression.

Daylight app from Big Health

  • We are now offering free access to a digital programme to provide relief from anxiety called 'Daylight', based on cognitive behavioural therapy techniques, available as an iPhone or Android app. Find out more and sign up today.

Occupational Health

External support


  • Free mindfulness sessions available for colleagues
  • Mindfulness is a simple and powerful practice of training our attention. It involves learning to pay attention to what is happening in the ‘here and now’ (i.e. sensations, thoughts, and emotions) in a non-judgemental way. It can be helpful because it can interrupt the habit of getting lost in thoughts, mostly about the future or past, which often generates more stress on top of the real pressures of everyday life. Mindfulness offers not only a way of reducing stress and preventing low mood, it also holds potential to improve the way we live, helping us to thrive and be resilient at work and in our broader lives.

Viva Insights app on MS Teams

  • To access free 'Headspace' short guided meditations, breathing exercises and focus music, just type 'Viva Insights' into your MS Teams search bar. This app also allows you to send praise, book focus time, reflect on how you're feeling and much more. You can pin this app if you use it regularly. 

Internal training and videos

Other University resources


Here are some useful infographics from an organisation called BelievePerform we suscribe to. Once you click on any of the below you can then scroll through all of the images. You can then download these (by right clicking -> 'Save images as'). You can then zoom in for greater clarity.