The Watercooler

The Watercooler is a free to attend, two-day exhibition and conference on workplace wellbeing and the future of work taking place 28th February to 1st March 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.

Universities UK

Universities UK is the collective voice of 136 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to create the conditions for UK universities to be the best in the world; maximising their positive impact locally, nationally and globally. Universities UK acts on behalf of universities, represented by their heads of institution.


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

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.

Frazzled Cafe

We are living in a time where a life crammed to the hilt is considered a success story, yet
so many of us are struggling with the pressure and are afraid to admit it.

Frazzled Cafe is a registered charity founded by Ruby Wax, OBE, in response to this
modern epidemic. We run facilitated peer support meetings across the UK where
people who are feeling frazzled and overwhelmed by the stresses of modern life can
come together to talk openly, connect and feel heard. We provide a safe, confidential
and non-judgemental environment where it’s ok, to not be ok.

In addition to running our fortnightly meetings across the UK for members of the
public we have also developed a corporate sponsorship programme designed to help
support organisations with their employee wellbeing initiatives alongside their
community engagement and CSR programmes.

To find out more please visit our website:

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Ruby sensed the real need for a place where people could connect with peer-to-peer support to help cope with the overwhelming stresses of modern life and this is what motivated her to create Frazzled Cafe.

Frazzled Cafe meetings provide a ‘talk-in’ place where people who are feeling frazzled can meet fortnightly to talk and share their personal stories in a safe, anonymous and non-judgmental environment – a place where it’s ok, to not be ok.

To be first to hear about new meeting locations or receive invitations to existing meetings please sign up to our mailing list:


The Mindful Workplace Community

The Mindful Workplace Community (MWC) is a new professional network for individuals and organisations who champion, commission and deliver workplace mindfulness training. It is the primary forum for the international conversation on workplace mindfulness.

With a clear ethical foundation, the MWC offers member organisations and individuals a place of mutual support and learning, and a platform for important conversations about the direction of workplace mindfulness and its role in the rapidly changing world.

The MWC will curate and stage valuable networking and speaker webinars and events, with members gaining access to priority booking and significant savings on entry. Access to a LinkedIn group will enable members to connect directly while a private members’ site hosts profiles, case studies, a diary of events and a growing library of resources to support the research and implementation of mindfulness in the workplace.

Individuals or new member organisations will join the likes of EY, HSBC, Google, GSK and SAP whose success in implementing mindfulness in the workplace has led to their growing commitment to propagate best practice in this field.

The MWC is unaffiliated to any particular provider, instead offering a trusted and neutral meeting space.

If you have any questions about joining or would like any further information, please contact the Mindful Workplace Community Director, Theresa Dzendrowskyj or visit the MWC website.

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:


Mind is the largest mental health charity in the UK, providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness, promote understanding and they won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling, including in the workplace. That’s why Mind have a goal of supporting 1 million people to have good mental health at work by 2021. They do this by providing free guidance and resources, delivering training and consultancy, running the Workplace Wellbeing Index and developing programmes to improve mental health accross specific sectors and regions.


MQ is the UK’s leading mental health research charity. They’re transforming lives through research, helping to create a future where mental illnesses are understood, effectively treated and one day prevented.

Their scientists investigate a huge range of issues: depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and more. They’re bringing together everything from cutting-edge neuroscience to social studies to find the answers we need.

But in everything they do they’re driven by one certainty: research can transform what it means to experience mental illness, starting now and for every generation to come. They’re here to make sure change happens.

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.

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the capital’s largest independent networking and business support organisation. Championing London and representing the interests of London businesses, we create thousands of connections every year and offer our members a wide range of practical and professional services. In addition to hosting over 200 events each year, LCCI provides member-to-member marketing opportunities, access to legal and HR advice, use of our exclusive central London meeting space, as well as the opportunity to be part of an extensive international trade mission programme.

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

Not forgetting that we are the founders and leaders of Event Wellbeing Week in September, and NEW for 2020 Event Wellbeing Day in February

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.


EAPA, the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association represents the interests of professionals concerned with employee assistance, psychological health and wellbeing in the UK. The EAPA mission is to promote the highest standards of practice and the continuing development of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) and services in the UK.

Research from The Work Foundation shows that EAPs are the most popular workplace wellbeing initiative offered in the UK, with more than 14 million employees having access to an EAP via their employer. By working in partnership with their EAP providers to develop promotional strategies that drive engagement and utilisation, employers can improve the data available to them and ensure that the right wellbeing areas are prioritised and properly supported.

Business Healthy

Business Healthy is an award-winning programme funded and delivered by the City of London Corporation’s Public Health team. It offers free support and guidance – as well as signposting to free support services – to employers of all sizes and sectors in the City of London, to help them improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

Through its programme of masterclasses and events, HR leads from member organisations can gain expert insight on a range of issues, including mental, physical, emotional, and social health and wellbeing. Events also provide opportunities to network and share experience and best practice with those working in a similar space.

Members also receive regular updates relating to workforce health and wellbeing in the Square Mile and beyond, through the Business Healthy newsletter. It’s simple (and free!) to become a member – just visit or email the team at


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.


Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We were created nearly 40 years ago by HRH The Prince of Wales to champion responsible business.

A report released by Business in the Community (BITC), in partnership with Mercer Marsh Benefits and BITC’s Wellbeing Leadership Team, Mental Health at Work 2019 – Time to Take Ownership, shows that most employers do not acknowledge or deal with the adverse impact work has on employees’ mental health.

Our research highlights that 2 in 5 employees developed mental health issues due to work in the last year. People don’t expect to be physically injured at work and nor should they expect to be psychologically harmed. Real progress will be made when we can achieve equality between physical and mental health.

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.