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Stress Management


The University is committed via this policy and other guidance to establishing an effective and consistent approach to the prevention of work-related stress throughout the university and to provide supporting services where cases of stress are identified.

This will be achieved through the following:-

  • Identifying workplace stressors and carrying out risk assessments to eliminate or control the risks from stress
  • Providing good stress management training for all appropriate managers
  • Establishing arrangements and procedures for the early identification and dealing with cases of stress
  • Providing a confidential counselling service to support staff in managing personal stress levels
  • Providing sensitive and planned management of return to work, following sickness absence
  • Promoting partnerships between management, individuals and the recognised trade unions, with the aim of reducing stress in the workplace
  • Decide on improvement targets and action plans, in consultation with staff representatives.


Useful links 


Health & Safety Team
healthy and safe workplace; information, advice, training and support

sport, fitness, exercise classes, personal training, massage therapies

Human Resources & Development
work/life balance, flexible working, childcare vouchers, staff development, occupational health service

Employee assistance programme
confidential counselling, website

Property & Facilities
work/study environment, healthy eating, bike to work, sustainability

Student Wellbeing & Inclusion
information, advice and support
counselling, mental health service

student health and wellbeing

myNapier​ - Student Counselling and mental wellbeing


Other useful links to external resources:
awareness, guidance, information and training 

Healthy Working Lives

ithrive - Edinburgh

NHS - mental health

NHS - stress

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

See Me

Breathing Space

Mental Health Foundation

HSE - Stress at Work 

HSE - Talking Toolkit​ 


Thriving at Work The Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers
Independent review into how employers can better support all individuals currently in employment including those with mental ill health or poor well-being to remain in and thrive through work - October 2017

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