We all know that unfortunately mental health conditions are on the rise. But, so are Musculoskeletal (MSK). Mental health, in particular stress, is one of the biggest reasons for sickness absence. This is followed by MSK injuries and back pain.

It is alarming to note, that a total of 17.1 million working days were lost because of work-related stress, anxiety and depression in 2022-2023, and 6.6 million working days were lost due to musculoskeletal disorders. These reasons accounted for 67% of all work-related illness.

It is estimated that poor mental health currently costs UK employers £56 billion a year.

So, when we found out about these local free services, we couldn’t keep them to ourselves!


The only online FREE rehab service.

Freehab provides consultation, advice and rehabilitation for injuries, pain and conditions of the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, nerves and spine, otherwise known as MSK conditions.

They can treat adults or children with a musculoskeletal condition or injury. It could be a new injury or something longer term. Their service is available to anybody who needs it.

Freehab is online. They use video consultation and advanced rehab software to provide all the advice and support you need. This means access from anywhere in the UK and at a time to suit you.

Freehab is unique because their service has no fees – instead, you choose if and how much you pay. There are no expectations, and no questions asked. They believe everybody should be able to access services like theirs, regardless of anyone’s financial circumstances.

So, you get the help you need, quickly, without the NHS wait. A win-win for employees and businesses.

Qwell – www.qwell.io

Qwell is an online platform, which supports individuals with their mental health and wellbeing. There are a variety of services available, from self-help sheets, to a live chat with a professional. The service is quick to sign up to and absolutely FREE!

They also have a sister website/company called ‘Kooth’ – www.kooth.com that provides similar advice and support, but for those 25 and under.

Both services provide free, safe and anonymous mental health and wellbeing support.

So, why use them?……

  • It is FREE! (Have we mentioned that already?!).
  • It’s anonymous. No requirement for your name, phone number, email or home address.
  • There is a ‘Live Chat’ function (either on the phone or text message) with a mental health practitioner, 365 days a year.
  • No formal GP referral is needed. You can self-refer anytime.
  • Self-help toolkits.
  • Helpful articles.
  • Signing up only takes a few minutes.
  • Trusted delivery partner of the NHS and a BACP accredited service.

Healthcare Cash Back Plan

Although not free, we have also recently met with a representative from a Healthcare Cashback company and wanted to let you know some further information, in case this may be of interest for you to provide to your employees.

The plans can be set up from as little as £5.19 per person, per month and would offer employees cashback on various things such as:

  • every day health and wellbeing including dental, optical, chiropody, professional therapy (i.e. physiotherapy etc);
  • specialist consultants and tests including MRI scans and x-rays;
  • health screening;
  • life style assessment.

The plan also includes access to professional counselling and a helpline service, with unlimited telephone support, up to 6 counselling sessions, access to GP’s 24/7 and a redundancy premium. In addition to the above you can also receive discounts and rewards to a number of high-street stores, and health and leisure and fitness discounts.

If you’d like to hear more about any of the above services, or even arrange for a representative to talk to you or your team about any of the services, then they are more than happy to do so, so please get in touch as we will gladly make the introductions. We had Freehab come in and talk to the team a few months ago and have a representative coming in from Qwell in a few weeks’ time, as we feel it is just too good a service not to.

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How Hallidays HR can help:

At Hallidays HR, we offer a variety of services to assist you in navigating the complexities of a multi-generational workforce. Whether you’re looking to recruit new talent, develop bespoke onboarding processes, or provide line manager training, we are here to support you throughout the entire employee life cycle. If you would like to discuss any of the above in more detail, then please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 476 8276 or email hr@hallidayshr.co.uk. And of course, visit our LinkedIn page.