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The University Occupational Health Services (OHS) provides a variety of services to support the health and wellbeing of staff.  Details of the services on offer can be found here.


DPAG has three Mental Health First Aiders who are trained to offer a confidential, supportive and non-judgemental space to talk, they are:

Sophia Bell

sophia bell

Tel: 01865 282558

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sarah de val

Tel: 01865 217534

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jeanne gardner

Tel: 01865 272181

You are also welcome to contact the Biochemistry MHFAs if you would prefer to speak to someone outside DPAG:

David Susano Pinto (

Anna Lastuvkova (

Anna Lamstaes (

Marie Hockney  (

Chris Manning (


The University has a wide range of excellent resources to help individuals manage their mental health, as well as resources for managers and teams to help support one another.

The University offers several resources to help staff wellbeing, some of which are found on the Occupational Health Services Employee wellbeing pages. The University also offers a free, confidential telephone counselling service through an external provider

Personnel Service’s Work-Related Stress portal contains some of the internal resources available to everyone at the University and confidential counselling is also available for work-attributable health issues impacting on your performance and wellbeing at work.

Managing staff with mental ill-health - Information for managers who are supporting staff with mental ill-health, including spotting early signs, disclosures and planning ahead

Mental health self-help resources - A collection of links to mental health self-help resources.

Reasonable adjustments for mental ill-health - Information on reasonable adjustments for staff with mental ill-health, providing examples of good practice and factors to consider.

Mindful Employer - Mindful Employer is a UK-wide initiative aimed at increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace. The University of Oxford signed Mindful Employer's Charter for Employers Who Are Positive About Mental Health in February 2018.  By doing this we show our willingness to work towards the principles of the Charter, and our commitment to supporting staff wellbeing. 

There are a wide variety of external resources available online and those listed below are just a small sample.

A free e-learning package for University staff, developed by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT), is also available. Students in distress may seek the support of student wellbeing services but, often, they will approach other non-specialist staff informally.   That first conversation can make all the difference and this e-learning package is designed to give non-specialist staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer a first line of support to students who may have mental health issues. Introduced by well-known TV presenter Alexander Armstrong, the package consists of six easy-to-follow 20-minute sessions:  Key Principles,  Signs to Look Out For, Key Skills, Transitions, Students at Risk or in Crisis and Case Study. To access the training and find out more click here.

For students, CWMT have a website Students Against Depression which offers advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.

The Mental Health Foundation offers a variety of resources including downloadable leaflets, podcasts and videos, and an A to Z of mental health.

Mind also offers a variety of support and resources, including helplines and an online community which offers a safe space to talk.  Oxfordshire Mind has a wide range of services for anyone over the age of 16 who is affected by mental ill-health, including peer support groups,  free short courses and an information service to signpost you to someone who can help.

Samaritans offer a safe and confidential place to talk at any time of the day or night.

fitness & activity

DPAG’s location provides easy access to University Parks, an ideal place for walking, relaxing or taking part in activities such as tennis or cricket.

Oxford University Sport provides a well-equipped gym, swimming pool and fitness classes with membership available at discount rates for staff and students.  Membership is free for the Sir Roger Bannister Running Track.

Oxford University Club offers access to a small gym, exercise classes, and a bookable all-weather pitch suitable for cricket, football, rounders, volleyball and other similar sports.  There is also a treatment room offering physiotherapy, sports massage and acupuncture treatments.  Membership of the club is free to staff, with additional costs for use of the facilities.

University staff are also able to visit the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Harcourt Arboretum, and Wytham Woods, free of charge.