Mental Health Matters – Making Enterprises in the BSR more Resilient by Tackling Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace
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MentalHealthMatters

PROGRAMME 2021-2027
priority
1 Innovative societies
objective
1.1 Resilient economies and communities
Project type
Small Project
Implementation
August 2023 - July 2025

MentalHealthMatters

The project MentalHealthMatters connects public health experts and employers to prevent psychosocial risks at the workplace and thus improve the well-being of employees.
Project summary

Mental health of employees is an emerging concern for societies and employers in the Baltic Sea Region. Even before the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, half of EU workers considered stress to be common in their workplace, and stress contributed to around half of all lost working days. Combined with an already prevailing lack of qualified work force, this puts the ability of enterprises (including public organisations) to withstand existing and future crises in jeopardy. In short: to be economically resilient, companies and societies need a mentally resilient work force.

Protecting workers and preserving their work ability is the objective of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). In the past, however, OSH legislation, standards and education have mainly focused on physical hazards and accident prevention and not paid enough attention to psychosocial risk assessment, health promotion and prevention measures. The Mental Health Matters project wants to change this.

A key requirement for improving OSH policies and practices with regard to mental health is to work across sectors. The project will set up national and transnational communities of practice (policymakers, educators and social partners (employers and workers' organisations) together with researchers and practical experts in the field of OSH and mental health (e.g. occupational physicians or psychologists) to analyse the status quo and discuss needed improvements.

The project will develop:

  • a “first-aid kit” to support owners and managers of small and medium-sized enterprises that do not have access to OSH professionals in assessing psychosocial risks and taking preventive action;
  • a roadmap for Improvement of OSH policy and education.
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Budgets

MentalHealthMatters
in numbers.
  • 0.50
    Million
    Total
  • 0.32
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.05
    Million
    Norway

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38 Benefitting organisations 2 Solution(s) plannedfor use / upscale 26 Organisationsin the project

MentalHealthMatters
in numbers.

  • 59.31687118.0633255
  • 60.167488124.9427473
  • 56.949397724.1051846
  • 59.394974124.66761888709302
  • 51.768732319.4569911
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Lead partnerSecretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS)
  • Town
    Stockholm
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Stockholms län
Total partner budget
179,764.00
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
Total partner budget
86,688.00
Riga Stradins University
  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
46,233.60
Tallinn University of Technology
  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
  • Country
    Estonia
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
Total partner budget
55,865.60
Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine
  • Town
    Łódź
  • Region
  • Country
    Poland
  • Region
    Miasto Łódź
Total partner budget
28,896.00
Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
  • Town
    Trondheim
  • Region
  • Country
    Norway
  • Region
    Trøndelag
Total partner budget
101,136.00

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Events

19
March
3rd MentalHealthMatters Transnational Workshop
Project: MentalHealthMatters
Physical Meeting
19. March 2024
09:00 - 17:00 (EEST)
    08
    December
    2nd MentalHealthMatters Transnational Workshop
    Project: MentalHealthMatters
    Virtual Meeting
    08. December 2023
    00:00 - 23:59 (CEST)
    25
    September
    1st MentalHealthMatters Transnational Workshop
    Project: MentalHealthMatters
    Physical Meeting
    25. September 2023
    00:00 - 23:59 (EEST)

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