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Stress campaign draws to a close

At the start of 2017, we launched a new year-long campaign to support staff struggling with stress.

Every month, Staff Newsletter provided you with information to help you, as individuals and as teams, to identify the signs of stress and to signpost you to the range of services and support available.

As part of the campaign, we launched a new healthier place to work section on the website to make it easier for you to find information on the help that’s available. To date, these pages have been accessed by more than 30,000 visitors.

We promoted the in-house counselling service that is provided by our occupational Health Service. Demand for this service has never been higher. We published details of stress training sessions and these were snapped up quickly.

As 2017 ends, we take a look back at some of the highlights of the campaign to tackle stress.

In the January launch issue, Anne MacPherson, director of human resources and organisational development, said: “When developing the current Staff Health Strategy, we asked staff what our priorities should be. Improved communication and better access to information were seen as key. This campaign is our response to that.”

The February issue outlined the roles we all have to play in tackling stress.

In March, we featured the resilience toolkit, which offers practical tips and a range of coping strategies.

The April issue outlined the positive impact that physical activity can have on your mental health.

In May, we provided top tips for mangers in supporting their teams’ mental health and wellbeing.

June’s SN featured the support available to staff who care for others.

The July issue featured the risk assessment survey that can be used within teams to monitor stress and agree actions to manage it within a department.

In August, we promoted mindfulness, a training programme to help staff reduce stress levels and feel more resilient.

September saw the launch of the staff Health Strategy.

In October, SN provided advice on dealing with financial stress.

And in November, we promoted the return of the hugely popular stress in healthcare seminars.

If you want to read any of these articles, then you can find them all on


Last Updated: 30 November 2017