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Thriving at Work South Gloucestershire

What is the Thriving at Work programme?

Thriving at Work South Gloucestershire aims to provide resources, information and support to local employers to help develop working cultures that support staff and challenge the stigma around mental health and emotional wellbeing.

What is available for local employers?

  • free workforce development training promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing (email for more information)
  • free wellbeing courses for staff
  • free support to complete the Time to Change pledge (More than 800 employers across England have signed the pledge so far)
  • free membership of a quarterly mental health and emotional wellbeing e-bulletin – to sign up just email
  • support for staff receiving in-work benefits with career development with Future Bright
  • information and support for staff who are also carers including a downloadable document as well as contact information for the Carers Support Centre .
  • free downloadable resources (available in the downloads section of this page)
  • links to useful websites and online resources (below)
  • free electronic staff survey available before and after being involved with Thriving at Work South Gloucestershire.  Provides anonymous data to help you understand the issues affecting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of your staff.

Contact for more information.

Thriving at Work events

It was great to see such a good turnout at the Thriving at Work South Gloucestershire Launch Event on 11th February. Due to the high level of interest we will be putting on another event soon, details will appear on this page when a date is confirmed and will also be promoted via our Facebook and Twitter accounts  Meanwhile if you are interested in using the Thriving at Work initiative to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing in your workplace please email

Why should local employers be interested?

Mental Health is something we all have and is just as important as our physical health. 1 in 4 British workers are affected by conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress every year. Mental Health is the leading cause of absence in the UK costing an average of £1,003 per employee per year.

The estimated collective annual cost of mental ill health in South Gloucestershire:

  • reduced productivity £112 million
  • absence from work £56 million
  • staff turnover £17.69 million

We also know that that the human cost to individuals, families and communities is incalculable. Creating working cultures that are supportive of the mental health and emotional wellbeing of staff has positive outcomes for everyone.

References for the above statistics can be found in the “Economic and Social cost of Mental Ill Health” briefing document in the downloads section of this page.

Useful links


  • Free E-learning module – This module is designed for employees of organisation to raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace.

To access this course you will need to sign up for a free learning and development account. Please follow the instructions as directed. Under ‘organisation area’ select South Gloucestershire Council and select Thriving at work south Gloucestershire from the ‘select department’ drop down list.

Guidance for employers

Mental Health Support and Advice

Downloadable resources

Tools for identifying and reducing work related stress:

A tool for managing stress in a team:

A risk assessment tool for assessing pressures at work:

Further information

If you are unable to find what you need or just want to ask a specific question email us at and we will reply via email, phone call or we are happy to come and visit you to discuss.

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