Mental Health and Wellbeing
The University considers mental health and wellbeing to be exceptionally important and has put a number of support mechanisms in place to support the wellbeing of staff and continues to look for initiatives to further develop this area.
The Occupational Health team can support you if you have been ill or injured, or you’re facing other difficulties, with regards to your physical or mental health. You can get a referral to this service through your line manager.
Workplace Options - Staff Support and Counselling
Workplace Options is the University's Employee Assistance Programme Provider and they provide a free, confidential and independent resource to help employees balance their work, family and personal lives.
Access to Workplace Options is easy:
FREEPHONE: 0800 243 458
Big White Wall
Edinburgh Napier staff and students going through a tough time or struggling with mental health and wellbeing issues can now get free online support with Big White Wall. It provides 24/7 peer-to-peer and professional support from experienced clinicians who are online at all times, plus a range of courses and tools to help people self-manage their wellbeing. This service is safe, anonymous and free to staff at Edinburgh Napier. If you would like support, simply go to bigwhitewall.com and sign up under ‘organisation’ with your staff e-mail address.
The Learning and Development Team organise regular training sessions about Mental Health and Resilience Workshops for managers and staff. Look for a course on HR Connect or get in touch for more information.
Mental Health First Aiders
Some of our colleagues are trained in Mental Health First Aid. They act as a point of contact for an initial response to distress.
The University has guidance documents covering stress:
Stress in the workplace
Breaking down stigma of mental ill
Promotion of Mental Health First Aid
Learning and Development
initiatives on mental health for both staff and people managing staff