Wellbeing in the Workplace

Your HEALTH could make or break your business

We will be using this page to display content on the theme of self-care for the self-employed and wellbeing in the workplace, produced or recommended by members of our network. Please email us with your suggestions.

Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all part of mental wellbeing. Self-esteem and self-confidence are, too. So is a feeling that you can do the things you want to do. Mental wellbeing can take many different forms, but a useful description is feeling good and functioning well.

Having good mental wellbeing does not mean that you will never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult. But it does mean that you feel you have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual.

There are five steps to improve your mental wellbeing today.

If you give them a go you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life. It is definitely worth a try - so keep an open mind!

Click any of the links below for more information, including related events, activities and opportunities

Some useful websites are listed below:

Free Mental Health for Small Workplaces eLearning :


“Mental Health for Small Workplaces is well structured, informative and easy to access and navigate through. Each topic covered can be completed independently and includes a range of facts, short informative videos, as well as links to valuable resources and support.”


Thank you to our member Claire, from Healthwatch North Yorkshire for recommending this site.

Positive Psychology Initiatives

Learn about positive psychology through readings, videos, research, surveys, opportunities and more

Change 4 Life

Helping to get yourself and your kids eating well, moving more and living longer

Future Learn

Future learn is an online learning platform which allows you to learn new skills, pursue your interests or advance your career with short online courses.

Learn flexibly online for free.

Keep your skills up to date and improve your wellbeing. Start learning for free, on desktop, tablet or mobile.

Check out the website: https://www.futurelearn.com/

Libraries offer bags of support for people’s health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing bags contain resources such as self-help books, colouring books, recipes, puzzles, a relaxation CD and health information and advice to encourage people to look after themselves and enhance their mental wellbeing.

Anyone can borrow a Wellbeing Bag free for three weeks using their library card. The bags can be used by individuals or groups at home, in the library or in the community. For example, several people could work together on a jigsaw, promoting social interaction.

The bags were developed through a Dragon’s Den-style exercise among North Yorkshire County Council library service staff members, who were asked to devise innovative ideas to improve the service, with the best going before a panel of county councillors and officers.

The bags are now available on request at all local libraries.

Workplace wellbeing award North Yorkshire

Find out about North Yorkshire’s Workplace Wellbeing Award which is for organisations who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

Why is workplace wellbeing important?

Workplace health and wellbeing has become more important in recent years; there’s growing evidence to show that a healthy workforce is happier, more productive and less likely to be absent due to ill health.

Productive working days lost due to physical and mental health issues cost the UK economy approximately £77.5 billion a year. (Britain’s healthiest workplace report 2017)

After short-term illnesses the most common reasons for sickness absence are:

  • musculoskeletal problems such as back pain; and
  • mental health issues notably stress, depression and anxiety.

As the UK workforce continues to age, there will be an increasing number of people living with long-term conditions so it is more important than ever to implement changes which allow the workforce to improve their health and wellbeing.

The Workplace Wellbeing Award encourages organisations to support their workforce to adopt healthier lifestyles. Small changes can make a big difference for example providing healthier food and drink choices and encouraging staff to walk up the stairs rather than take the lift. Physical activity programmes at work have been found to reduce absenteeism by up to 20%. The Workplace Wellbeing Award North Yorkshire recognises the efforts undertaken by many organisations to address health and wellbeing issues within the workplace.

Who can apply?

Any size or type of business i.e. a public, private or voluntary sector organisation as long as they are based in North Yorkshire.

How much does it cost?

The award scheme is free and includes one-to-one support and guidance every step of the way from initial sign up through to achievement of the award.

What does it involve?

There are three levels to the award which progresses from the bronze entry level to silver and then gold. Each level builds on previous achievements and has core corporate components relating to organisational culture, leadership and employee engagement along with specific lifestyle elements to deal with preventable ill health issues in the workplace.

Once you have submitted a signed application to join we will arrange to meet you to discuss the first steps, which will include:

  • identifying the key health needs of your workforce;
  • drawing up an action plan to address those needs; and
  • identifying your workplace wellbeing champions.

For more details and application forms visit the website: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/workplace-wellbeing-award-north-yorkshire

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

This is a link to a FREE online learning resource Suicide - Let's Talk because one life lost is one too many. Support someone who is at risk to stay safe. (It takes around 20 minutes)

There is a general introduction followed by 3 scenarios:

  • Talk with a co-worker
  • Talk with a stranger
  • Talk with a family member

This is a free 10 part course which is free at the time we are posting (15/01/2020), recommended by one of our NBN members.