The Mental Health Toolkit

The objective of the Mental Health Toolkit project is to strengthen the capacity of workplaces and work communities to support mental health and to respond to the demands that changing work life puts on mental work ability. The project is part of Finland's Sustainable Growth Programme.
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Objectives and techniques

Mental health is a central part of work ability and a success factor that helps workplaces reach their goals. The Mental Health Toolkit is a project focused on mental health support measures and methods, providing support for various sectors. The project also aims to promote readiness by workplaces and work communities to strengthen and support mental health as part of work ability.

Objectives and measures of the Mental Health Toolkit project.
Image. Objectives and measures of the Mental Health Toolkit


The project disseminates the Mental Health Toolkit to workplaces and work communities by utilising research on the dissemination and implementation of innovations. The toolkit includes research-based tools and methods developed in the Mental Health at Work Programme (2021–2022), which have been assessed to be effective. 

Mental health can be promoted by putting working conditions in order and ensuring the fluency of daily work and interaction. The project offers support for putting the Mental Health Toolkit to use. The project develops existing tools further and develops new ones. The project also carries out free-of-charge training and coaching. 

Changes in society have an effect on work and mental health. This, in turn, challenges workplaces to renew their practices. One of the focus areas of the project is to support well-being, especially for the social welfare and health care sector and the art, culture and events sector, both of which were especially affected by COVID-19. Employee well-being and resilient work communities are a prerequisite for the recovery of these sectors. 

The project studies and assesses the success of implementing the mental health toolkit, the role of the tools as part of work ability management, the project’s own operating environment and changes in working conditions and well-being at work. Another simultaneous objective is to better understand the scope of work ability challenges related to mental health along with the cultural shift of taking mental health issues into consideration in work life.

A quantitative goal is to reach 600 workplaces and occupational health care units during the project.

Research brief for educational staff participating in the “Well-being at work in leadership training” study (in Finnish)

Research brief for students participating in the “Well-being at work in leadership training” study (in Finnish)

Project partners

The project is carried out with a broad network of co-operative partners and stakeholders. Participants include Mieli ry, Kela and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. 

The project is managed by a team of experts that includes representatives of the target sectors, labour market organizations and ministries.


The project is funded by the European Union’s one-time recovery tool (Next Generation EU) via the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.


Our experts

Henkilökuva Pauliina Mattila-​Holappa

Pauliina Mattila-Holappa

director in charge of the project, leading specialist

pauliina.mattila-holappa [at]
+358 30 474 2743
Sara Lindström

Sara Lindström

project manager, specialist researcher

Sara.Lindstrom [at]
+358 30 474 2404

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