The role of digital interventions in supporting workplace mental health and wellbeing

Ulster University

Over 15% of people in work experience symptoms indicative of a mental health condition, which, alongside being a worrying statistic within the context of a mental health crisis, is impacting productivity. Research has shown that tailored digital interventions for different occupational groups and industry sectors could provide personalised wellbeing support and help to address symptoms.

Gillian’s project seeks to investigate the viability of this claim, assessing current perceptions of digital interventions in the work place across a range of sectors, with the aim of co-designing and developing a digital intervention tailored to deliver personalised support. The intervention will then be embedded within workplaces, and via a battery of self-assessments and outcome measures, the efficacy of the intervention will be investigated compared to a non-personalised alternative.

Gillian hopes to help advance scientific understanding of how digital interventions can improve mental health and wellbeing in employees. Machine learning techniques will be used to understand the data derived from the interventions, and the findings could offer significant scalability – with the potential to significantly increase Inspire’s customer base and mental health offering.


Gillian graduated with a first-class Bachelor’s degree in Computing from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2016, where she subsequently completed a Master’s degree in Business Development and Innovation in 2018. Gillian is now undertaking her PhD at Ulster University in partnership with Inspire where she is exploring digital interventions.