Stress - Sources of Support

Internal help and support

Staff Wellbeing

The Staff Wellbeing progamme provides advice, support and a range of activities to promote positive mental and physical health in order to support staff to make healthy changes to their lifestyle.

Mental Wellbeing 

The Staff Wellbeing programme has a set of dedicated webpages for staff to access and use to consider their own and others' mental wellbeing. Designed to be a practical resource, these webpages provide advice, guidance and signposts to available services, information and activities.

Occupational Health Services

Referrals to the service aim to both support staff and assist managers in their decision-making when dealing with work-related health issues.

Health Assured Staff Advisory Line and Counselling Service

The staff advisory line is a free, independent, confidential helpline for all staff and their immediate families to access practical help, information, advice and support to address and resolve problems and issues they may be facing at home or at work.

A free confidential and independent counselling service helps staff balance their work, family and personal lives.

Dignity at Work Network Advisers

Provide information and support on a confidential basis to any member of University staff who feels they are being harassed, bullied, discriminated or victimised.

HR Advisers

HR Advisers provide advice and support to managers and staff on a wide range of human resources issues including absence management, return to work interviews and stress risk assessments.

Trade Union Contacts

The trade unions provide advice and support to members over a wide range of work-related matters.

External help and support

Please note that self-help is not suitable for those who are feeling desperate or have frequent suicidal feelings; in these cases advice should be sought from a GP as soon as possible.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

The HSE provides numerous sources of information to help prevent work related stress.

Mental Health Foundation (MHF)

Offers a complete guide to Mental Health problems, topical issues and treatment options. You can sign up for mental health, wellbeing and relaxation podcasts and access information on current research.


Mind is a charity which can help you make choices about treatment, understand your rights or reach out to sources of support.

NHS Moodzone

The site offers practical, useful information, interactive tools and videos to support you on your way to feeling better. It provides information about boosting your mood, coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or simply improving your overall emotional wellbeing.

NHS Workplace Stress Self-Assessment

The NHS workplace stress self-assessment, can be taken if you are unsure about whether you are suffering from stress-related symptoms.

NHS Self-help

NHS Self-help provides free to download self-help booklets and audio guides which have been written by clinical psychologists with contributions from services users and healthcare staff.

Education Support

A national charity set-up to support all adult, further and higher education staff and their families, regardless of age, length of service or union affiliations, to improve their wellbeing and effectiveness.

Time to Change

Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.