Workplace health resources

The following websites and documents will provide you with useful information to assist your business in improving employee health and wellbeing. 

Policy templates and guidelines

The following will be particularly helpful for businesses taking part in the Be Well@Work Award:

Barnsley Council guidelines for employees

The following were developed for use by council employees and may be useful to other employers:

Other useful documents

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines

Developing mental health strategies for businesses

Watch Public Health England and The Society of Occupational Medicine's (SOM) video on developing a Covid-19 secure mental health and wellbeing strategy for businesses. 

Find out more about SOM's webinars and presentations.

Workplace Health Support – covid 19 recovery

Restarting in the workplace

Restarting your workplace some helpful hints, tips and links to further support for business owners and managers to secure the wellbeing of your staff and increase productivity as you manage the return to work of home and furloughed workers as we slowly begin the easing out of national lockdown. Find out more about restarting in the workplace.

Read Enterprising Barnsley's guidance on starting back in the workplace

Signposting to Support Services

Find out more about a range of local and national support services

Local support services

Other useful mental health support

National support services

  • Able Futures delivers the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pension. Call Able Futures free on 0800 321 3137 from 8am to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday or apply online.
  • Access Work Mental Health Support Service delivered by Remploy, funded by the Department of Work and Pensions, provides confidential mental health support for stress, anxiety, depression, low mood and much more, in the workplace at no cost.  You can also call Remploy on 0300 4568114 or email
  • Every Mind Matters created by Public Health England gives tips and advice on how to manage mental health developed by experts approved by the NHS.
  • Mental health in the workplace developed by ACAS details the law and the duty of care of employers in relation to mental health and how employers can promote positive mental health at work.
  • Managing staff experiencing mental ill health developed by ACAS details the managers role in supporting employees with mental health and how they can spot the signs.
  • Dealing with stress in the workplace have developed the steps employers should take to reduce work-related stress.
  • Five ways to mental wellbeing suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and help people to flourish. This document, produced by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) on behalf of Foresight, sets out 5 actions to improve personal wellbeing.
  • Workplace anxiety and work-related anxiety developed by ACAS details what causes workplace anxiety and what steps employees can take.


Bereavement Support

  • Listening Ear- Someone to talk to. Support for those bereaved during the Coronavirus Pandemic. A service for anyone who has lost a loved one and who needs support, advice or guidance. Telephone 0800 048 5224 for meaningful support, advice and guidance.
  • Barnsley Bereavement Support Service offer advice support and guidance, contact our bereavement service on (01226) 200565. 

Coping with debt 

  • Citizens Advice offer information advice and guidance on debt and money management, contact them on 03444 111444.
  • Money Advice Service offers advice and support with debt, contact them on 0800 138 7777.
  • National Debtline offers an advice line, contact them on 0808 808 4000. 
  • Step Change Debt Charity offer free advice and support with managing debt, contact them on 0800 138 1111. 

Domestic Abuse

Find out more about Domestic abuse services.



  • Housing Advice can support you if you're at risk of becoming homeless, contact them on (01226) 773870, or ring their freephone on 0808 196 3530.

Sexual Health

  • BSARCS are a specialist service for people whose lives have been affected by rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault or any kind of sexual violence. Contact them on (01226) 320140 or email
  • Brook Sexual health charity offers support for young people under 25 offering confidential advice. Contact them on 0808 802 1234, Monday to Friday 11am to 3pm.
  • Sexual Health Line offers confidential information and advice on sexual health, contact them on 0300 123 7123.
  • Spectrum Community Health CIC  delivers integrated sexual health services across Barnsley, including contraception, screening and tests for sexually transmitted infections, vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B, and advice on unplanned pregnancy and other sexual health issues.
  • Terrence Higgins Trust offer information, support and advice on HIV and sexual health, contact them on 0808 802 1221, Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm.
    You can also contact them on 0300 123 29 30 for advice on contraception, sexual health and relationships. 


  • Barnsley Stop Smoking Service offer advice and support with smoking, contact them on 0330 660 1166 from mobiles or 0800 612 0011 from landlines.

Useful website links