Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP)

The Mental Health and Productivity Pilot aims to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace and the support that is available to employers and employees around better workplace mental health.

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The Mental Health and Productivity Pilot is a 2 year pilot aiming to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace and the support that is available to employers and employees around better workplace mental health.


The aim is to reduce absence and presenteeism, thereby leading to higher levels of productivity, whilst helping to reduce the stigma around workplace mental health.


Cost of mental ill health to the region is between £33bn-£42bn with a high proportion attributed to the public sector (Deloitte 2017 research) In 2020 this is estimated above £45b.


The first phase of the pilot spoke with 1,900 employers in the Midlands to explore current experience of issues associated with mental health and well-being of employees in the workplace, how they deal with these and the impacts on business performance and productivity.


The University of Derby are now in a position to begin contacting businesses in the D2N2, Herefordshire and Shropshire and Stoke and Staffordshire regions to support them in integrating effective mental health provision into their organisation. Businesses can be any shape and size and we will work with you to create a ‘road map’ of support for your employees, nurturing a positive culture that develops strength in the workplace.


MHPP seeks to;

  • • Increase the awareness of mental health in the region
  • • Reduce the stigma attached to mental health
  • • Develop strength in workspaces by creating a culture of support and openness
  • • Increasing tools to enable self-help capacity
  • • Offer organisations the chance to be involved in the following initiatives;
    • Every Mind Matters
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • This is Me
    • Time to Change pledge.
  • Offer organisations the opportunity to gain further training and awareness by studying specific courses either online or short courses as part of their CPD.


Benefits to the organisation

Return on investment (ROI) shows a positive case for employers to invest in the mental health of their employees

  • •A return of £5 for every £1 spent (5:1)
  • •Interventions with the highest returns focus on preventative large-scale initiatives
  • •Organisation-wide culture/awareness raising sessions deliver 6:1 ROI
  • •Analysis on the type of interventions that employers should offer found that the biggest ROI comes from awareness raising, training, screening/diagnostics and one-to-one treatment.
  • •Preventative rather than reactive
  • •More investment needed to reduce stigma
  • •Employers responsibility to convert this evidence into practice


Frequently Asked Questions:


Who can participate in the pilot?

Any business located within the D2N2 area, Herefordshire, Shropshire & Shrewsbury, Stoke and Staffordshire regions.


What is expected of the business if they sign up to the pilot?

  • • Commit to a meeting (Virtual or face-to-face) to explain the initiative further and create a roadmap for your business
  • • Attend a follow up meeting to support integration of the initiatives into your organisation
  • • Agree to adopt appropriate interventions; Every Mind Matters, This is Me, Mental Health First Aid, Time to Change Pledge (as suggested in your roadmap)
  • • Promote positive mental health within your workplace by actively demonstrating your commitment to the pilot
  • • Explore additional initiatives the University of Derby has to offer in order to enhance mental health and wellbeing
  • • Participate in an evaluation exercise at the end of the 2 year pilot


How does this link in with regional strategic priorities?

The Mental Health and Productivity Pilot invests in health and wellbeing as a means to deliver inclusive growth. Mental Health is everyone’s concern and businesses and communities should be working together to provide appropriate support. Workplaces should be encouraged to prioritise the health and wellbeing of their workforce. The pilot will also support employers to create a healthier workplace and raise awareness of mental health issues, tackling discrimination in the workplace, as set out in each regions’ Mental Health Strategy.


By participating in this pilot programme, we can work with you to reduce rates of absence due to mental health related issues and increase productivity, whilst promoting a culture of support and inclusivity for all staff.

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