Workplaces research

Workplaces are an important setting for action for several reasons. From the point of view of employers, mental health problems are major sources of absenteeism and reduced productivity at work. From the point of view of employees, satisfying employment is protective against mental disorders and aids the recovery of people experiencing mental disorders.

Current studies

Guidelines for Organizations Helping Employees Return to Work Following a Mental Health Problem

These guidelines consist of actions organisations can take to facilitate return to work for employees following an episode of depression, anxiety or a related disorder. They were produced using the Delphi method, which is a systematic way of assessing the consensus of a panel of experts. Further information can be found at workplace-mentalhealth.net.au  Work is currently underway to assist organizations to implement the guidelines.

Workplace prevention of mental health problems:
Guidelines for organisations

These guidelines consist of actions organisations can take to prevent common mental health problems in the workplace. It is hoped that they will be used to improve the practices of organisations as they work to reduce the risk of job stress and mental health problems in the workplace. The guidelines are intended to complement existing legislative requirements for occupational health and safety and the prevention and management of discrimination and harassment.

The guidelines were produced using the Delphi method, which is a systematic way of assessing the consensus of a panel of experts. Further information can be found at workplace-mentalhealth.net.au   Work is currently underway to assist organizations to implement the guidelines.

Mental Health First Aid training in the workplace

This project, which is funded by the NHMRC, aims to evaluate whether Mental First Aid Training, delivered in online learning or blended learning modes, lead to improvements in mental health first aid knowledge, stigmatising attitudes, confidence in supporting a person in the social network with a mental health problem, and self-reported behaviours if someone in their social network develops a mental health problem.