What is MINDUP?

One in five European workers reported poor mental well-being stress, depression1. Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental health difficulties in the workplace in the EU2, and depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy €1 trillion each year in lost productivity3. Workers in certain occupational sectors, such as construction, health and ICT, have poorer mental health, an elevated risk of suicide and reduced wellbeing.

While work environments can contribute to poor mental health, workplaces can also be a source of well-being. MINDUP will develop and evaluate an intervention to improve mental health in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the construction, health and ICT sectors. During the project, we will:

  • Develop the multi-level MINDUP intervention, delivered through the MINDUP Hub, by adapting and integrating existing, evidence-based interventions for non-clinical and clinical mental health issues and de-stigmatisation of mental (ill-)health into a single programme,

  • Tailor the MINDUP intervention by workplace sector, gender and delivery mode (face-to-face vs online), as well as pilot and optimise the intervention in eight EU countries,

  • Conduct a multi-country cluster randomised controlled trial in eight EU countries to assess the effectiveness of the optimised MINDUP intervention, looking at improvements in the mental health of employees and employers, and cost-effectiveness and implementation factors in SMEs in the target sectors,

  • Further optimise the MINDUP intervention for wider replication in new SMEs and countries after the project ends, and

  • Promote the MINDUP project and intervention to stakeholders, including policymakers, insurers, social partners, regulatory authorities, and the general public at both European and global levels.

  1. 5th European Working Condition Survey, 2012
  2. WHO, Mental health and well-being at the workplace, 2010
  3. Wan et al. Occ. Env. Med. 2018, 75(1)