Emotional Well-Being Awards

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Advanced Awards

Once an organisation has completed the First Steps Award they can then progress to working towards the Advanced Award, if they wish, with the full support of the Up & Active Workplaces Team. Progression on the Avanced Awards will be achieved following assessment against the progressive criteria as set out in each level.

Targets reflect the expected level of health activities relevant to the business, thus making it possible for the very small or the very large to participate.


To start the process we would like to find out what you require. You may not need all aspects of the Healthy Heads programme but this exercise will ensure you have acknowledged what is available.

Provides a good overview of mental health awareness. The session looks at differences between mental health and mental illness, recognition of poor wellbeing and practical ways to improve individual wellbeing.

Nominate a workplace ‘mental well-being’ champion who will communicate to the rest of the workplace all things connected with HH.

Use your intranet page to hold permanent signpost details of support services for employees to access in their own time.


A personalised log and developmental portfolio where your Healthy Heads journey will be documented. It provides a guide to what you have achieved and how to use the materials or activities generated to their best potential.

The MWIA is an evidence based tool which can be used to help an organisation re-think any aspect of what it provides, to ensure that maximum wellbeing impact occurs. For example, if an office move or re-design were occurring, MWIA would result in a series of recommendations to ensure that this has minimal negative and maximal positive impact on staff wellbeing.

An opportunity to examine a specific topic or requirement relating to mental health, such as;
– Mental Health in Everyday Practice
– Emotional Aspects of Your Consultations
– Stress Management
– Suicide Awareness
– 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Plan a promotional event for your organisation that could link into World Mental Health Day or Stress Awareness Week, or come up with your own ideas how to promote wellbeing issues. Activities include;

Upsy Downsy game: A that enables individuals to set clear goals for themselves and identify what small changes they can make to their lifestyle in order to have a highly positive impact on their own and others’ mental health

Well-being quiz: A self-assessment quiz that gives participants an insight into their own psychological make-up and makes recommendations on self-help techniques that could benefit their outlook on life

Creative activity in the workplace can be used to bring staff together, whilst improving their wellbeing and resulting in the production of something very useful. Examples include: DVD’s, environmental projects, theatre, podcasts and music.

Note: organisations need to fund the production of any creative resources.


All decisions and policy making to be done in consultation with staff

Help all staff to understand the benefits of positive mental health and promote a supportive work environment

Help reduce the effects of stress and poor mental health, to enable staff to identify issues and to support them develop appropriate coping.