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We are the University

Working for the University of Cambridge is something to be proud of! The staff pages link to the sheaf of health and wellbeing pages, as well as to a series of podcasts that open a window on to the people that make Cambridge unique.  

 

Men's Health (and Movember): Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health and suicide prevention

Beards and ‘taches aside, the Movember website is a great place to find information about men’s health.

Their five top tips for men are:

  1. Spend time with the people who make you feel good. Stay connected. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time (a bit tricky in lockdown but not impossible. You know the drill.)
  2. Talk, more.  You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving.
  3. Know the numbers. At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are black or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.
  4. Know thy nuts. Simple. Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly (https://youtu.be/KUtIlwLa_KY)  and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.
  5. Move, more. Add more activity to your day. Do more of what makes you feel good.

 

Pearn Kandola webinars

Pearn Kandola 'combine their background as business psychologists with  experience in diversity and inclusion training' - and provide a range of wellbeing resources in the form of free webinars, both live and on demand. This half hour recording has to be one of the most practical, helpful talks on anxiety that I've come across: https://vimeo.com/485471188/25315c08f8

PK webinars are free to sign up for and free to download. 

 

A  conversation that could save a life

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day Yvonne McPartland, Deputy Head of the University Staff Counselling Centre, delivered a session on the topic of suicide prevention. Please see the event details and the link to the booking form below.

Suicide Prevention: A Conversation That Could Save a Life

The shocking reality is that suicide is the most common cause of death in men aged under 50 and the suicide rate is currently increasing after many years of decline. This equates to more than 6,000 deaths by suicide annually in the UK and Ireland. What impact will Covid-19 have on suicide numbers?

The session is designed to give staff the confidence to challenge the taboo around suicide that makes it such a difficult subject to broach, with colleagues, family members, friends and even total strangers: what is it OK to say, what should I be looking for and what should I do next? Having a conversation could really save a life.

The session is available to watch on the Wellbeing STREAM page.

 

Work+Family care – some useful links

Finding the right answers to work+family related questions and dilemmas can be difficult. And although there's often a lot of information 'out there', sometimes there's no substitute for a helpful discussion with someone who really knows what they're talking about. That's where My Family Care comes in, they can understand the issues and find the solutions to the challenges of combining work and family. Access their free Speak to an Expert service here.

They offer a range of free webinars which can be booked through their website, or watched on demand: Work+Family Space | Webinars on Demand (myfamilycare.co.uk). Topics are not restricted to coronavirus but include infertility and miscarriage, looking after older relatives, etc.

 

Looking to kickstart your routine?

Frances Rennie’s Pilates sessions come highly recommended by the Chemistry department. She now teaches them online and you can find more details on her website: https://www.believeinpilates.co.uk. If its any incentive, ‘In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference and in 30 sessions you will have a new body’ (Joseph Pilates). If Pilates isn’t your thing, the University Sports Centre is now open with bookable workout sessions and a reasonable program of classes. Here’s a link to their website. If you discover anything exercise-related that you’d like to share with colleagues, please let me know.

 

Want to make your own face masks?

The BBC website has a comprehensive range of options for making your own mask, however ambitious you are  - or aren’t! Hair bobbles at the ready

 

Looking for online PPD?

You may be aware that Linkedin Learning is now available for all staff, but have you had a look at what’s on offer? Recommended courses cover remote working, wellbeing, digital literacy, professional development and managing your career but there is also a section devoted to leisure and craft activities.

 

Looking after your own wellbeing

Everyone struggles with remaining in lockdown at some point, and there are plenty of resources available whether you’re feeling low or just looking for ideas to kickstart a new routine. The University’s wellbeing pages are a good place to start. They are constantly being updated and added to, so if you’ve not visited the pages for a while, why not have a look?

 

Don't forget about your physical wellbeing

If the ergonomics of working from home are starting to give you issues, why not review your workstation set up and see if anything needs to change? The University web pages are a good place to start as they contain guidance on work stations as well as encourage movement and breaks as the best way to look after your musculoskeletal health.  See https://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus-homeworking and https://www.oh.admin.cam.ac.uk/advice-and-guidance/computer-health..... and there’s always Yoga with Adriene…

 

Are you a podcast fiend?

Whether you are or not,  Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s Feel Better. Live More. podcasts are worth a listen. He’s a perceptive interviewer and talks to experts on all aspects of health and wellbeing. 

 

Looking after yourself

AXA PPP recently ran a webinar on tackling lockdown fatigue: maintaining mojo and motivation, which is available to view online. If you’re struggling to stay motivated, its worth a watch.

 

CAMbens

A "Wellbeing Centre" has been added to the current CAMbens employee benefits scheme  (currently in place until the end of June).  It’s a specially-curated hub of content and resources that University staff can use to support wellbeing including fitness videos, mindfulness techniques and healthy meal recipes. The Wellbeing Centre can be accessed here:  https://cambridge.rewardgateway.co.uk/WellbeingCentre?ref=m

 

Course Changes 2020-21

The Department of Land Economy can confirm that there are no changes to the courses it is offering in 2020-21 in the BA, the MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration and the MPhil in Real Estate Finance. In the MPhil in Environmental Policy, modules EP03 (Environmental Values) and EP09 (Rural Environment: Property, Planning and Policy) will not run, but module EP07 (Comparative and European Environmental Law and Policy) will return.

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