The Mental Health & Productivity Pilot, funded by Midlands Engine, is a partnership of Midlands universities, local authorities and mental health charity Mind, set up to help Midlands employers of all sizes, to improve workplace mental health and wellbeing and improve productivity.
The three-year programme, led by Coventry University, aims to contribute to the reduction of mental health distress and break down barriers to accessing care faced by employees who are experiencing mental illness; and ultimately to make a positive contribution to organisational productivity in both quantitative (monetary) and qualitative (wellbeing) terms.
The Mental Health and Productivity Pilot will see the implementation of new workplace interventions at pilot organisations and the rollout of existing interventions in small, medium and large businesses across the region.
A recent survey of 1900 Midlands employers, conducted by the Pilot, suggests companies that don’t do enough to support their workers’ mental health risk seeing their overall productivity drop by a quarter. It found that, despite the potential hit to their bottom line, less than half of firms offer proactive support for mental health and many are unsure where to go for advice. (Source: Employee wellbeing, mental health & productivity in Midlands Firms – May 2020)