The Watercooler

The Watercooler is a free to attend, two-day exhibition and conference on workplace wellbeing and the future of work taking place 25 – 25 April 2023. The event brings together the very latest thinking from over 100 experts, alongside actionable and tangible solutions, to holistically support health, mental health and wellbeing of employees across the UK and beyond.


EAPA UK — the Employee Assistance Professionals Association — is a not-for-profit organisation that represents the interests of individuals and organisations concerned with employee assistance, psychological health and wellbeing in the UK. Members include external and internal EAP providers, purchasers, counsellors, consultants and trainers working in the field of employee health and wellbeing. Our mission is to promote the highest standards of practice and the continuing development of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) in the UK and the Association exists to:

  • Support, advance and develop the EAP industry in the UK
  • Promote the development of the employee assistance profession
  • Develop, maintain and apply standards of practice, guidelines and a code of ethics to members

UK EAPA was established in 1998 and works beyond the EAPA global standards that are adapted local to the UK market; this makes the UK EAPA Standards of Professional Practice the only credible set of standards to which EAP providers operate.

International Stress Management Association (ISMAUK)

The International Stress Management Association (ISMAUK) is the leading professional association for personal and workplace stress management and has been supporting mental health, wellbeing and performance for over 30 years. A registered charity, we are dedicated to promoting knowledge and best practice in stress management.

ISMAUK sets professional standards for the benefit of individuals and organisations using the services of its multi-disciplinary professional membership. ISMAUK practitioners and consultants provide a range of stress management services to individuals and businesses. Every year, we work with hundreds of organisations and assist around 40,000 people in need of professional help with stress-related issues



Let’s Improve Workplace Wellbeing
Let’s Improve Workplace Wellbeing is the fastest growing membership community for those tasked with improving wellbeing within employers and sectors of any size, across the UK & Ireland. We now have over 150 Ambassadors working with collaborative partners and charities including:  Business for Health, The Jordan Legacy, The PPMA (Public Service People Managers Association), The REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and the Lighthouse Charity.
We are in existence to help create that safe community where if you are passionate and lead the wellbeing agenda you can join others in the same boat to support your learnings. You might be an HR/L&D/D&I Manager or Wellbeing Lead involved in improving the wellbeing of your people but how can you possibly know every aspect of every element relevant to wellbeing?
Our free to join initiative supports your need and helps you put your own oxygen mask on first to then help improve all aspects of wellbeing including mental, physical, financial and social. We work collectively to help employers of all sizes to learn, share and implement best practice. In our latest updates we have been working with the Councils/Public Sector Community, Recruitment, Retail and Construction sectors. We have also looked at competency building and this is the pipeline. We are also encouraged by the work Business for Health is doing so we will bring some of their work to this community.
We know metrics, wellbeing and health data understanding is so essential to all the work being done on wellbeing strategy frameworks.
If would like to join the wellbeing ambassadors from the likes of NHS, Sky, Unilever, Deloitte, North Wales Police, The Crown Estate, Hays, Randstad, St. James’s Place Wealth Management, Bank of England, Essex Council, Leeds Council, Surrey Council, Westminster Council, Ann Summers, Which?, Wix, Warner Media, South-Eastern, National Grid, EMCOR UK and many more.  Please get in touch through our website 
 Whether you oversee the wellbeing of 1 person or 10,000, this is your invitation to join our community.
  #LetsImproveWorkplaceWellbeing together.

Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

The charity raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,250 projects around the world.

In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, Movember is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives.

The charity’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. To donate or learn more, please visit

National Counselling Society (NCS)

National Counselling Society (NCS) holds one of the largest registers of counsellors and psychotherapists which is accredited by the PSA under the Accredited Register Scheme.

Ensuring our members deliver a safe, ethical, high-quality counselling service is at the heart of everything that we do. We care about our members, who in turn care passionately about the people they support. Together, we are driving up standards whilst retaining the compassion and empathy that constitute great counsellors and psychotherapists who deliver life changing support.

The Society provides a responsive, supportive, personable service for practitioners, potential clients and organisations alike. Personal yet professional, we have created a community for anyone interested in mental health and wellbeing.

A home for the widest possible range of approaches, modalities, individuals and organisations, the NCS is a space for the heart of counselling and psychotherapy.

This Is Me

This is Me is a pioneering mental health initiative that aims to change attitudes towards mental health in the workplace and support organisations to create healthier and more inclusive workplace cultures, improving employee wellbeing. We do this by supporting employers with the tools they need to;

1. Raise awareness through the Green Ribbon Campaign
2. End the stigma and open up the conversation through This is Me Storytelling
3. Build their employees skills to look after themselves, and each other through our Wellbeing in the Workplace wellbeing tool, developed in partnership with Samaritans.

Developed by Barclays and rolled-out by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal since 2016, This is Me has garnered the backing of businesses across the UK and globally, with over 750 organisations registered for the campaign, with This is Me North West, This is Me Scotland, This is Me West Midlands and This is Me in India launching over the past two years. This is Me is supported by Mind, Samaritans, City Mental Health Alliance and Business Healthy.

The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM)

The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) is a multidisciplinary professional society whose membership includes 1,800+ occupational health doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and technicians. SOM Patrons are Lord Blunkett, Dame Carol Black, and Sir Norman Lamb. The SOM is concerned with:

  • the protection of the health of people in the workplace
  • the prevention of environmental injuries and disease
  • related environmental issues.

The SOM stimulates interest and research in occupational medicine and works with the government, the healthcare community, health charities and other bodies to promote a healthier workforce. It also acts as the voice of occupational medicine, responding to consultative documents and media enquiries on issues affecting the specialty. A national leader in providing continued professional development and education for all doctors and healthcare professionals working in occupational health, it is also a forum for the exchange of ideas, best practice and networking opportunities.

SOM’s inaugural Occupational Health Awareness Week promoted the value of occupational health to employers and the wider community. SOM has produced a number of COVID-19 resources, including Long COVID guides for workers and managersmental health support for small businesses, a presenteeism guide and guidelines for return to work in the roadmap out of lockdown. Listen to SOM’s new Podcast series here:

Retail Trust

Creating hope, health and happiness for everyone in retail

From 1832 onwards, the Retail Trust has been caring for and protecting the lives of people working in retail. We believe the health of our colleagues is the foundation they need to flourish in both work and life, creating a more sustainable and successful future for retail.

Support our charity and together we can transform lives for good.

We’re torch bearers

We have a moral obligation to lead the way, set the standards and celebrate retail. Giving hope to our people now and in the future.

We build a retail coalition

In partnership with businesses, leaders, influencers and colleagues we have a responsibility to look after the health of our people and industry.

We empower people

We put people at the heart of what we do, providing them with the tools to grow, to lead happy, healthy lives and champion our cause.

Mindful Employer

As part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, MINDFUL EMPLOYER and its services are administered by a team of mental health and employment professionals.

Combining our expertise across these sectors, we adapt the best and most up-to-date clinical practice to suit the needs of your business.

Unlike other accreditations or quality standards, our charter for ‘Employers Positive about Mental Health’ is about recognising those employers who are working towards better mental health in the workplace.

Supporting and encouraging employers to lead from the front on issues of workplace mental health, the Charter for ‘Employers Positive about Mental Health’ is not about comparing employers against one another. Instead, it is about recognising those employers who are working toward achieving better mental health at work, no matter how far along they are in that journey.

To find out more or sign the Charter:


We’re Mind. Here to fight for mental health. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. The workplace wellbeing team’s mission is to build mental health literacy and improve organisational policies, practices and culture to enable people to improve their working lives. We provide expert training and consultancy services and can help you measure and evaluate your approach to mental health and wellbeing via the Workplace Wellbeing Index; the UK’s first benchmark dedicated to workplace wellbeing and employee mental health.

Mental Health Foundation

Since 1949, the Mental Health Foundation has been the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. Prevention is our business. At work, this means promoting and protecting the mental health of the whole organisation by equipping managers, supporting those at greatest risk of mental ill health and enabling people with mental health issues to thrive in work by addressing discrimination and supporting disclosure.

We provide evidence-based resources to workplaces, and we host mental health awareness week each May. We promote the green ribbon as an international symbol of mental health awareness. We work with employers through CSR partnerships and providing professional services. Alongside our partners Mental Health at Work CIC we provide tailored learning programmes to raise awareness of mental health issues, address stigma, and enable businesses to integrate mental health into their culture at every level.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England

We are Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, a social enterprise with a vision to improve the mental health of the nation. We offer expert guidance and training to support mental health, online and face to face.

Starting in the workplace, we aim to create an unshakable belief that we can all talk freely about mental health and seek support when we need it. We want mentally healthy workplaces for all and campaign for equality between mental and physical health. We advocate a whole organisation approach and lead by example. Our courses and resources promote self-care as a vital way for people to help protect their mental health.

At this challenging time we focus on providing support to the NHS, frontline workers, and Black-led organisations. Together, we will create a society where everyone’s mental health matters.

Investors In People

At Investors in People we’ve been making work better for organisations across the world since 1991. We’ve worked with over 11 million people during that time, and are on a mission to make work better. Because happy people are healthier people, and healthier people are more productive. Productive people are good for business, and in turn, society. For more information, please visit


We’re the Event Industry’s charitable social enterprise dedicated to educating and campaigning for better mental health and wellbeing in events, equipping event professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to stay event well.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing voice of the Event Industry

To make tangible change to the Event Industry’s relationship with wellbeing


We work with the event industry – to encourage better understanding and #EMPATHY

Working in partnership with event industry associations, national and international events and exhibitions, universities and colleges, to deliver free education that creates better understanding, challenges discrimination, and encourages open conversations on wellbeing and mental health in the event industry

We work with event businesses – to inspire positive leadership and #CULTURE

Working with event industry businesses and creative organisations to support and develop workplace wellbeing best practice, proactive leadership, positive culture, and in-house team forums that encourage open conversations on wellbeing and mental health and the support available

We work with event professionals – to change attitudes to #SELFCARE

Working with and supporting individuals with education and training in self-care, healthy lifestyle, essential life skills, and mental health first aid, in addition to providing confidential support and a ‘go to’ wellbeing and mental health resource.

Engage For Success

We are a growing, dynamic, voluntary movement promoting employee engagement as a better way to work that benefits individual employees, teams, and whole organisations.

We want everyone working in the UK to want, and be able, to give their best each day, so that each day is a great day at work, and that workplaces in the UK are thriving, growing and developing through the commitment, energy, and creativity of the people that work in them.

There are many ways that you can get involved with the Engage for Success movement. Whether you want to gain access to like-minded people, find ways to deal with the engagement challenges in your own organisation or help others by raising the profile of the topic and helping to shine a light on good practice, Engage for Success would like to work with you.


At the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), we exist to make working life better for everyone in Britain. We are a trusted, independent and impartial public body providing advice and support on all workplace issues to improve productivity and fairness, and reduce workplace conflict, which costs businesses nearly £30 billion every year.

Acas works with millions of employers and employees every year to improve workplace relationships, so we know how to help you get it right. Healthy working relationships are critical not just to the success of workplaces and the economy, but also because they allow people to flourish and find meaning, purpose and fulfilment at work.

We help resolve workplace problems by thinking first about the people involved, and giving them the skills to have open and honest, and sometimes difficult conversations. We help prevent disputes before they happen with training, advice and in-house specialist support; and resolve them when they arise through our dispute resolution services, which give those involved the opportunity to find solutions to prevent large scale disruptive industrial action, and avoid costly, time-consuming employment tribunals.

Acas is governed by an independent council representing employers, trade unions, and independents. We work closely with partners, including in Government, business, the trade union movement, thinktanks and charities to increase awareness of good working practices and to think about the future of workplaces.

Together, we make working life better for everyone in Britain.


Formed in 1982, and with His Majesty King Charles III as our Royal Founding Patron, Business in the Community is the largest and longest-established membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We work with our members to continually improve their responsible business practice, leveraging their collective impact for the benefit of communities. The pandemic changed the nature of where, when and how many of us work. We now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine ways of working that transform employee mental health and wellbeing. Our most recent wellbeing campaign report “Your Job Can Be Good For You” sets out how businesses can revolutionise the way employees work while supporting broader responsible business goals. The report draws on insights from the BITC/ YouGov 2022 survey, roundtables with business leaders, interviews with experts and a review of recent evidence.

Business For Health

Business for Health is a business-led coalition of socially responsible employers, purchasers, investors and innovators supporting long-term sustainable innovation and investment in preventative health and care. Its aim is to enhance the health and economic resilience of the UK, catalysing and facilitating business contributions to reduce health inequalities and add five years to healthy life expectancy.

Business for Health was launched as one of the core recommendations from The Health of the Nation strategy launched in February 2020 by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Longevity, and is also cited in Levelling up Health launched on 9 April 2021.

Business for Health is embarking on its first major programme of work to design a Business Index to measure and enhance business contribution to the nation’s health, and guide a risk management framework for health to enhance the health and economic resilience of the UK taking lessons from the climate change experience.