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Wellbeing services and collections are available across the university for all staff and students.


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The Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry and the Chemistry Library

The department has a mental health website on the intranet, as part of the WellChem initiative.

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Wellbeing Area and Book Collection

The Chemistry Library has a Wellbeing Area for everyone at the department to use. There are jigsaw puzzles, adult colouring books, pens and pencils, even origami materials and lego. It also includes the library Wellbeing Book Collection: books can be borrowed by all members of the department, or read in the library. Books purchased so far cover mental health, wellbeing and resilience for students, but we want to expand the size of the collection and the topics covered so it has something for everyone. We intend to create an online reading list for this collection that will be kept up to date, which could include direct links to ebooks.

We have created a Chemistry Library Wellbeing Book Collection online reading list. Books purchased so far cover mental health, wellbeing and resilience for students, but we want to expand the size of the collection and the topics covered, and welcome recommendations from everyone at the Department. Is there something you have recently read that you can really recommend that we purchase? Or something that you would like to read for the first time yourself? We may be able to make them available as ebooks too.


University Library's Accessibility Services team

The University Library's Accessibility Services team has begun to bring some wellbeing titles together in a Wellbeing ebooks collection reading list. Click on the blue 'View online' link to view an ebook; you will be taken to iDiscover where you should click on the green 'Online access' link to view the book (Raven login may be required). They are happy to receive new title or new topic suggestions from members of the Department. Please email to make a recommendation. 


Other Cambridge University Libraries

The Betty & Gordon Moore Library has a User Support Collection, a specially curated set of books covers areas including academic writing, time management, dealing with stress, getting the best out of supervisions and much more. The collection is housed in a discreet area of the ground floor at the Moore Library and items can be borrowed using their self-service machine. They have also created an online reading list for it.



Remember that the university has a Student Support website (as part of the Reach Out campaign) which has been developed to signpost students to a range of services available to those with mental health issues following a review of these services.


Assistive resources

The Chemistry Library has an Assistive resources website which gives details of the many assistive resources and services available to anyone wanting to use the Chemistry Library. It is designed to help you get started and consider any adjustments you may need.