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Mental Health and Productivity in the Workplace

Commitment to employee mental health by employers leads to multiple benefits within the workplace and wider community.

The Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP) project involves various stakeholders from across the Midlands and is led by the University of Warwick (Professor Caroline Meyer), Coventry University (Professor Guy Daly) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (Sean Russell).

As part of the MHPP project, the University of Warwick in partnership with the Enterprise Research Centre (Professor Stephen Roper) conducted a survey of 1,900 private-sector employees across the Midlands and found that absence of work contributed to over 25% loss of productivity.

WMS, Warwick (Professor Caroline Meyer, Dr Carla Toro, Dr Talar Moukhtarian) are also leading on providing a suite of evidence-based interventions to improve the mental health of employees in diverse work settings across the whole of the Midlands and explore the impact on productivity.

The trials will run from October 2020 to March 2024 and involve partners from the Department of Psychology (Dr Lukasz WalasekLink opens in a new window, Dr Nicole TangLink opens in a new window), the University of Birmingham (Professor Steven Marwaha), Loughborough University (Dr Femidah Munir) and Mind. The trials have almost surpassed the main phase of intervention delivery, with intervention adaptations and longitudinal data collection ongoing.

Find out more about the trials.

Read about our findings in our summaryLink opens in a new window and accessible reportLink opens in a new window.

Find out more about the MHPP programme.