Health and wellbeing

This page lists resources developed by Workplace Health Safety and Wellbeing and available to Essex staff to help improve your physical and mental wellbeing.



We also have our Wellbeing Directory and Manager Wellbeing Directory available on Moodle that contains both internal and external resources to support your mental and physical wellbeing.
If you have further suggestions for resources we should develop or include, or you wish to request a Wellbeing Notice board kit, please email Occupational Health 

If you have concerns about your mental or physical health, you can receive support or advice from Occupational Health via a referral from your line manager or your Employee Relations Advisor. 



Access to Work

Access to Work (AtW) is a publicly funded employment support grant scheme that aims to support disabled people to start or stay in work.

Reasonable Adjustments

Employers have a duty under the Equality Act to make reasonable adjustments to any elements of the job which may place a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled people.

Health surveillance and assessment

Night worker health assessment

Night workers are offered free and confidential health assessments before starting work, on a regular basis or as appropriate.

Purpose of health surveillance

Health surveillance involves on-going health checks to detect ill-health effects from specific hazards, such as prolonged exposure to noise or vibrating tools.

Types of health surveillance

Examples of the different types of health surveillance, which the University has a duty to monitor the effects of.

Mental health and wellbeing

Dedicated Mental Health First Aiders

A network of dedicated Mental Health First Aiders who offer confidential and informal support to staff on mental health matters.

Essex Working Well

We work with Essex Working Well who provide a range of eLearning, webinars and competitions aimed at improving staff wellbeing.

Trauma support

If you have experienced a traumatic incident you can access support from one of our Trauma Risk Management Practitioners.

Wellness action plan (WAP)

We aim to create a supportive working environment that maintains and promotes the health and wellbeing of staff.

Building resilience

Find out how you can improve your resilience and discover what resources are available to help you.

Enabling Environments accreditation

Find out how we are working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to achieve an Enabling Environments accreditation.

Employee Assistance Programme

Read about the Employee Assistance Programme, supplied by HealthHero, and access contact details.

Mindful Employer Charter

The University has signed the Charter for Employers who are positive about mental health.

SilverCloud for staff (online cognitive behavioural therapy)

Discover techniques to help you identify mental health issues and activities to help you overcome them.

MindLine Trans+

MindLine Trans+ offers emotional support to people who are trans+, agender, gender fluid and non-binary and anyone wanting to talk about their gender identity.

Work-related stress

Read about work-related stress, the impact it can have and how to you can prevent it.

Physical health and wellbeing

Defibrillators (AED)

Learn about the Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) devices installed throughout the University campuses for use in emergencies.

Menopause advice and support

Our menopause guidance aims to strengthen our commitment to providing a healthy and safe working environment for all.

Weight Management

Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing is working with the Essex Wellbeing Service to offer University staff a 12 week weight management programme available on campus or via Zoom.

10 tips for active working

Read our top 10 tips to get some activity into you working day.

Eyesight test and vouchers

If you use Display Screen Equipment (DSE) you are entitled to a Specsavers Optical Care eVoucher every two years.

Muscle or joint problems from computer work

The causes and symptoms of muscle or joint problems from working on a computer, and methods to reduce the risk of muscle or joint problems.

Sports Therapy Clinic

Our fully equipped treatment and rehabilitation centre is designed to cater for the sporty and non-sporty alike.

Pregnancy advice and support

Occupational support for pregnant employees, and employee/manager responsibilities.

Wellbeing events
Wellbeing Wednesdays
Residence Life Online Drop-In Hour
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