Mental Health and Productivity Pilot


Midlands Engine


£6.8 million


3 years to June 2022

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Coventry University (Lead)

University of Warwick

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Mind, the mental health charity

Project Leads

Professor Guy Daly, Pro Vice Chancellor (Education and Students), Coventry University

Professor Caroline Meyer, Vice-Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Science, University of Warwick

Sean Russell, Co-Investigator, Mental Health and Productivity Pilot, Coventry University


University of Birmingham, University of Derby, University of Lincoln, University of Loughborough, University of Nottingham, Public Health England, Mental Health service providers from East and West Midlands, Local Authorities and LEPs from East and West Midlands, Industry representation

Project Objectives

  • To develop a theory of change, from mental health improvement to productivity;
  • To inform the understanding of key mechanisms through which improved mental health can enhance firms’ performance, such as reductions in absenteeism, presenteeism and other less well documented mechanisms;
  • To assess and review current activity in the workplace, in order to understand the extent to which employers use interventions; their effectiveness and scalability; identification of gaps and associated costs to employers;
  • To develop and pilot (new as well as existing) interventions for employers as well as providing a unifying framework for subsequent interventions and impact assessment;
  • To develop an employment engagement programme to support businesses and raise awareness of mental health in the region, create a workplace culture of openness, enable self-help through toolkits and to reduce sitgma attached to mental health.

Email general enquires for any queries about the Mental Health and Productivity Pilot.

For further information please visit the MHPP web site.

Start a Chat campaign

On 9 August 2021 the Mental Health & Productivity Pilot launched it’s “Bridge the Gap, Start a Chat” to give businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors across the region the help they need to encourage staff and bosses alike to open up about their mental health.

The campaign was created by MHPP with input from a group of ten Midlands employers from a variety of sectors and geographies, as well as employees with lived experience of mental health problems. It’s one of a number of ways that MHPP, a collaboration of Midlands universities, local authorities and mental health charity Mind, is supporting employers to understand the important link between staff mental health and wellbeing, and business productivity. 

For further information please visit the MHPP web site.




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