Mental and emotional health


Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself


Life can bring unexpected challenges throughout the years, and mental and emotional health is no exception.

Whether it is a small blip or a long term experience, it's important we all recognise the importance of the mental and emotional wellbeing of ourselves and those around us.

Recognising that living with, or supporting someone with a mental health concerns or conditions isn't always straightforward, increases self awareness, that in turn can benefit others. 

Consider the information within these pages in addition to Mental Health at Work resource by the mental health charity Mind, to assist in finding out more and achieving balance for yourself and others.

Managing stress

Stress management: guidance for managers                  

Health and Safety Executive guidance for managers on wellbeing and stress management:                  

See Line management behaviour and stress at work| [PDF].                  

Self-assessment tool for managers: managing workplace stress                  

The Health and Safety Executive in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has produced a self-assessment tool for managers to help them reflect on their management style to assess how their behaviour helps to manage workplace stress.                  

See Line Manager Competency Indicator Tool| on the HSE website.

Identifying mental health issues in others

Mental health awareness for managers                  

The Staff Counselling Service joined forces with LSE Health and Safety to deliver a pilot one day Mental Health awareness course for managers. The slides used by the Counsellors| and by the Head of Health and Safety| are available, as well as a revised Stress Risk Assessment form|. You require an LSE log in to access these documents.  

Mental Health First Aid Training                  

Managers and other staff can attend a two-day nationally approved course for those without specialist mental health training, but who might encounter mental health issues in the course of their work. It aims to:                  

  • promote awareness of mental health issues
  • train non-professionals to recognise those affected by mental health problems
  • offer help and guidance towards obtaining professional support                    

On completing the course, participants should:

  • understand the symptoms and risk factors relating to common mental health issues
  • where appropriate, be able to offer "crisis first aid" safely and confidently to someone suffering from mental health difficulties
  • have a working knowledge of the treatment and resources available in order to direct people to the appropriate local or national services                    

Places can be booked through the LSE Training System.                  

Managers' guide to mental health issues                  

A useful guide to managing and supporting people with mental health problems in the workplace is Mental Health First Aid's practical guide:                  

See Line Managers' Resource 2013 [PDF].

Meet LSE's counselling team

The School has an in-house counselling team for both staff and students that allows you to discuss a problem or situation that is causing concern or distress that is taking place at work or home.

The counselling at LSE is fully inclusive where individuals should feel comfortable approaching staff counsellors regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious faith. 

The counselling team also run personal development workshops that can help to overcome barriers and work towards better wellbeing.

Why not go on to the training booking system to reserve a space on one of the great workshops, such as:

  • Developing emotional resistance
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Mindfulness and stress reduction
  • Sleep well

Places can be booked through the LSE training system.

Also, take a moment to look at all Staff Counselling Services for details about their services and resources.

The 10 Minute Mind® at LSE

The 10 Minute Mind® is a great support option for when you are at The London School of Economics.

In only 10 minutes a day you can learn how to decrease your stress levels and increase your focus and happiness levels.

It is quick and easy to subscribe completely for free so why not try it out and see why almost all of the most successful people globally have a daily meditation practise of some form.

Consider a challenge to become more mindful by using The 10 Minute Mind for 21 days and see how being mindful makes you feel.

We would love to hear your feedback, which you can share by contacting the wellbeing team

Student mental health and wellbeing (online staff training)

A new online interactive training session will help you to identify when a student might need support, know how best to listen and respond to a student, as well as how to arrange support and get urgent help in a serious situation.

Please click here for more details and how to access the training session. 

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

To complement the School's other resources to support better mental health and wellbeing, an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) has been introduced until 31 March 2021. You can access the EAP 24/7 for conditional support on all aspects of wellbeing, including personal finance and legal matters, counselling, health advice and more.

You can contact the EAP in confidence by calling 0800 107 6147 (quoting LSE as the name of your employer) or access the online portal by visiting (entering code 72135 as your username and password).