Mental Health Productivity Pilot Programme


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£6.8 million


3 years to June 2022

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Coventry University

University of Warwick

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Project Leads

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

Professor Caroline Meyer, Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Warwick

Superintendent Sean Russell, Wellbeing Director, West Midlands Combined Authority


MIND, 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.

For enquiries about the Mental Health Productivity Pilot contact Chitro Ghose, Programme Operations Manager.