An integrated approach to workplace mental health : an Australian feasibility study

LaMontagne, Anthony D., Keegal, Tessa, Shann, Clare and D'Souza, Rennie 2014, An integrated approach to workplace mental health : an Australian feasibility study, International journal of mental health promotion, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 205-215, doi: 10.1080/14623730.2014.931070.

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Title An integrated approach to workplace mental health : an Australian feasibility study
Author(s) LaMontagne, Anthony D.ORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D.
Keegal, Tessa
Shann, Clare
D'Souza, Rennie
Journal name International journal of mental health promotion
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 205
End page 215
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 2049-8543
Keyword(s) mental health
mental health literacy
job stress
Summary We developed and implemented an integrated workplace mental health promotion intervention combining job stress reduction with a workplace mental health literacy program. The intervention was evaluated using an uncontrolled design, with organizationorganisation-wide census employee surveys of working conditions and mental health literacy pre-intervention, followed by a 1-year action planning and intervention period, then a post-intervention survey. All employees were invited to be surveyed, and all respondents were included in analysis, independent of participation in intervention activities or employment status (44% response rate at baseline, 37% at final). No significant changes were observed in the targeted psychosocial working conditions – job control, job demands, and social support at work. In contrast, significant improvements in some aspects of mental health literacy were observed, particularly in helping behaviours. Acknowledging the limitations of this being an uncontrolled pilot study, our results suggest that it is feasible to integrate job stress and mental health literacy intervention, as well as evidence of sustained improvements in mental health literacy and the need for more intensive and sustained efforts to improve psychosocial working conditions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14623730.2014.931070
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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