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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.​


Occupational Health

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.

Click here to find out more about Workplace Options​ or access to Workplace Options directly:


FREEPHONE: 0800 243 458

E-MAIL: assistance@workplaceoptions.com  

WEBSITE: www.workplaceoptions.com  ​(login details below)

User name: napier
Password: employee ​


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 Policy

Stress - Employees Guide

 The main areas that the University seeks to have a positive impact on are as follows


  •  Stress in the workplace

  •      Breaking down stigma of mental ill health including

  •   Promotion of Mental Health First Aid​

  •   Learning and Development initiatives on mental health for both staff and people managing staff























Able Futures - Access to Work Mental Health Support Service

 see This service could give you nine months mental health support, to help you cope with work while you manage a mental health condition. There is no charge to use this service.

Click here to find out more about Access to Work Mental Health Support Service



Free course from February 2020

Stress Control course with NHS Lothian

Stress Control is a free six week, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based self-help course offered by NHS Lothian.​ It consists of six 1 ½ hour lecture format presentations and aims to provide attendees with the practical skills they need to help manage their own stress. Clink on the link for more information and how to register.

Tuesday 25/02/2020 - Tuesday 31/03/2020, Edinburgh College, Bankhead Avenue, Sighthill, EH11 4DE, 6.30pm

KM1206-Stress control Edinburgh college 2020.pdf

Thursday 20/02/2020 - Thursday 26/03/2020, Royston and Wardieburn Community Centre, 11 Pilton Drive North, EH5 1NF, 9.30am

KM1206-Stress control Royston 2020.pdf