Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings: MINDUP
Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental health difficulties in the workplace in the EU, causing immense suffering and costing the global economy €1 trillion each year in lost productivity. Certain sectors, in particular construction, health and ICT, have an elevated risk of mental health difficulties, with those working in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) being particularly vulnerable. However, most SMEs have limited capacity to address mental health promotion and provide mental health interventions to staff. As SMEs comprise more than 90% of all EU businesses, there is a huge potential to influence population health. MINDUP aims to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace by developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive, multilevel intervention targeting both clinical (depressive, anxiety disorders) and non-clinical (stress, burnout, wellbeing, depressive symptoms) mental health issues, as well as combating the stigma of mental (ill-) health. The intervention will be tailored for SMEs in construction, healthcare and ICT and assessed in a multi-country pilot test and Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). The primary aim of MINDUP is to improve mental health in the workplace, with a secondary aim to reduce depression and suicidal behaviour. The research project will be conducted by an interdisciplinary consortium that includes world leading experts in mental health in occupational settings, depression, anxiety, stress, suicide prevention and stigma. Within the context of this PhD, the intervention, implementation strategy and the assessment instruments of MINDUP are first evaluated in a pilot test to allow for further optimisation. Additionally, the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the intervention and the process of implementation are evaluated in a large-scale clustered RCT.