Thrive at Work West of England

Encouraging and supporting businesses to improve employees' mental health and wellbeing 

Thrive at Work West of England is a collaboration between employers and partners to give small to medium enterprises (SMEs) like you the interactive tools and training resources needed to help you embed good mental health practice in your business and support your employees.

Changing working conditions, societal, economic and environmental factors can all have a huge impact on your employees’ mental health, and in turn, significantly impact performance and productivity. The Combined Authority recognises the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on businesses and their people and has developed the Thrive at Work West of England programme in response.

Our offer

The Thrive at Work programme offers mental health and wellbeing e-learning and resources aimed at businesses and staff, in one place.

Mental Health at Work Commitment

Make a genuine, long-term impact on your staff's wellbeing by signing the Mental health at Work Commitment today. Join hundreds of businesses who have made a positive change.

Mental Health at Work Commitment webinars

Mind ran a series of webinars, in collaboration with expert partners, to help bring to life the different standards that form the Mental Health at Work Commitment. Listen here on-demand.

Mental Health at Work Standards

You can also implement the Mental Health at Work Standards - a simple framework and set of 6 standards that any business can follow to improve and support the mental health of your people.

Support for SMEs

The Federation of Small Businesses provides lots of advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed.

Free mental health e-Learning

Complete our e-Learning module and equip yourself with the confidence and skills to have supportive conversations with your direct reports about mental health and wellbeing. And then you and your staff can start using Wellness Action Plans.

This course has been funded by the Combined Authority to support SMEs of 0-250 staff.

Wellness Action Plans

Wellness Actions Plans (WAPs) are an easy, practical way of helping your colleagues and direct reports to support their own mental health at work. Click through to our guides and templates.

Suicide awareness training

This training gives you a better understanding of the signs to look out for and skills are required to approach someone you think is struggling. Take it today, it can take as little as 5 minutes and you could save a life.

Covid-19 Psychological First Aid

Get psychological first aid training and help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of Covid-19.

24/7 Support & Connect

An immediate emotional and practical support helpline provided by the NHs. It's a free, confidential 24/7 line for people who live in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

Call 0800 0126549.

Our Frontline - mental health support for frontline workers

Our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one mental health support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.

Physical activity

Active workplaces are healthier, happier and more productive, with less stress, lower absence and better performance.​ Now more than ever, being active is vital for the health of your people and your business.  ​

Please visit Active Workplaces to receive support from your local Active Partnership, Wesport.

Resource Library

Mental Health at Work

Mental Health at Work provides lots of resources and tools, including support for line managers, colleagues and staff, ideas on how to improve workplace culture and help to develop policy and practice.

'How to' guides

‘How to’ guides for workplace mental health and wellbeing, shared by local employers. This section includes a framework for a health and wellbeing policy and examples of interventions to support mental health in the workplace.

Time to change

Here you'll get guidance for having safe and supportive conversations, how to start a conversation about mental health and suggestions that help you demonstrate appreciation for your staff.

Happiness Pulse

The Happiness Pulse helps you measure, understand and improve wellbeing with a simple online survey. It's a practical wellbeing measurement for thriving people, teams, organisations, communities.

Taking care of yourself at work

Mind supply information, advice and simple steps to taking care of yourself at work.

Talk Club

The Talk Club is a talking and listening community for men. It's a support network to keep mentally fit and healthy. Talk Club is now meeting virtually - join now and start sharing.

Building your resilience

South Gloucestershire Council has produced an on-demand webinar about building resilience. Click to view the slides and listen here.

Understanding responses to change

South Gloucestershire Council have produced an on-demand webinar about understanding different responses to change. Click to listen here.

Local authorities and the public's mental health

Centre for Mental Health article, August 2020

Mental health at work

Business in the Community report, September 2019

Image showing Thrive at Work providing mental health and wellbeing support for businesses and employees

Share your thoughts

The Independent Mental Health Network is also looking at mental health and wellbeing support available via telephone in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area. The aim is to ensure that people who need mental health support can access it when they need to. Please spare 5 minutes to complete this survey asking about your experiences of calling different mental health support telephone lines in our area.


Did you know?

Infographic showing that mental ill health remains the most common cause of long-term absence* Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Infographic showing 35% of line managers reported a wish for basic training in common mental health conditions* Business in the Community
Infographic showing every year it costs business £1300 per employee whose mental health needs are unsupported* Centre for Mental Health
Infographic showing stress, depression or anxiety were responsible for 54% of all working days lost* Health and Safety Executive

Additional support

Infographic showing 69% of UK line managers say that supporting employee wellbeing is a core skill, but only 13% have received mental health training* Business in the Community

Maintaining mental wellbeing

A change in routine and being forced to work in isolation during these unprecedented times can have a negative impact on mental wellbeing. Support and guidance for supporting your employees’ mental wellbeing is available here, or visit these resources:

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Our partners

The Thrive at Work West of England programme is delivered by the West of England Combined Authority in partnership with Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council, South Gloucestershire Council and Bath & North East Somerset Council. Thanks also to the contribution from the businesses involved in the Thriving at Work Bristol programme and the Covid-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Group.