Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings: MENTUPP

Funded by European Commission (Horizon 2020).

Collaboration with European Alliance Against Depression EV, Griffith University, International Association for Suicide Prevention, KU Leuven, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, National Centre for Community Services, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland, National Suicide Research Foundation, Phrenos Centre of Expertise for severe mental illness, Pintail Ltd, Semmelweis University Budapest, The MAR Health Park, The National Research Centre for Work Environment, University Clinical Centre of Kosovo and University College Cork.

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability, with many of these people also suffering from symptoms of anxiety. In addition to immense human suffering, depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy €1 trillion each year in lost productivity. There is a strong association between depression and suicidal behaviour, which is compounded by comorbidities, including anxiety and stress-related mental and physical health symptoms. Certain occupations, including the construction, production and health sectors, have an elevated risk of suicide, with those working in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) being particularly vulnerable. However, most SMEs have limited capacity in terms of Human Resources and related infrastructures to address mental health promotion and to provide mental health interventions to staff. Within this context, MINDUP aims to improve mental health in the workplace by developing, implementing and validating real-world interventions in SMEs representing construction, healthcare and other sectors, and thus reduce self-harm and suicide. MINDUP will break new ground by adapting and implementing evidence-based interventions, created by the European Alliance Against Depression and others, for both employers and employees, in these important but underresearched sectors, using mixed-methods research. This includes implementation science and an RTC. MINDUP will generate, for the first time, extensive rigorous evidence describing the interventions that effectively address the causes of mental illness in these challenging workplace environments. MINDUP includes 15 partners, 11 collaborators and 4 advisors from research, health, policy and NGO institutions, representing an experienced multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary network of experts seeking to improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce suicidal behaviour across different occupational sectors in high and middle income European countries.

Total award value £129,618.75

People (1)


Professor Margaret Maxwell
Professor Margaret Maxwell

Director of NMAHP Research Unit, NMAHP

Outputs (2)



Arensman E, O’Connor C, Leduc C, Griffin E, Cully G, Ní Dhálaigh D, Holland C, Van Audenhove C, Coppens E, Tsantila F, Ross V, Aust B, Cerga Pashoja A, Cresswell-Smith J & Paterson C (2022) Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings: Protocol for a Pilot Study of the MENTUPP Intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (2), Art. No.: 947.


Paterson C, Leduc C, Maxwell M, Aust B, Amann BL, Cerga-Pashoja A, Coppens E, Couwenbergh C, O’Connor C, Arensman E & Greiner BA (2021) Evidence for implementation of interventions to promote mental health in the workplace: a systematic scoping review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 10 (1), Art. No.: 41.