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A protocol for the HeadCoach trial: the development and evaluation of an online mental health training program for workplace managers

Gayed, Aimee, Bryan, Bridget T., Petrie, Katherine, Deady, Mark, Milner, Allison, LaMontagne, Anthony D., Calvo, Rafael A., Mackinnon, Andrew, Christensen, Helen, Mykletun, Arnstein, Glozier, Nicholas and Harvey, Samuel B. 2018, A protocol for the HeadCoach trial: the development and evaluation of an online mental health training program for workplace managers, BMC psychiatry, vol. 18, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1186/s12888-018-1603-4.

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Title A protocol for the HeadCoach trial: the development and evaluation of an online mental health training program for workplace managers
Author(s) Gayed, Aimee
Bryan, Bridget T.
Petrie, Katherine
Deady, Mark
Milner, AllisonORCID iD for Milner, Allison orcid.org/0000-0003-4657-0503
LaMontagne, Anthony D.ORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D. orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Calvo, Rafael A.
Mackinnon, Andrew
Christensen, Helen
Mykletun, Arnstein
Glozier, Nicholas
Harvey, Samuel B.
Journal name BMC psychiatry
Volume number 18
Article ID 25
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2018-01-29
ISSN 1471-244X
Keyword(s) Attitudes
Behaviour
Knowledge
Manager
Mental health education
Online intervention
Randomised control trial
Supervisor training
Workplace mental health
eHealth
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Psychiatry
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL
PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS
WORK
EDUCATION
INTERVENTIONS
SUPERVISORS
PERFORMANCE
DEPRESSION
Summary Background
Within high income countries, mental health is now the leading cause of long term sickness absence in the workplace. Managers are in a position to make changes and decisions that have a positive effect on the wellbeing of staff, the recovery of employees with mental ill health, and potentially prevent future mental health problems. However, managers report addressing workplace mental health issues as challenging. The aim of the HeadCoach trial is to evaluate the effectiveness of a newly developed online training intervention to determine whether it is able to build managers’ confidence to better support individuals within their teams who are experiencing mental ill health, and the confidence to promote manager behaviour likely to result in a more mentally healthy workplace.

Methods/Design
We will conduct a cluster randomised control trial (RCT) to evaluate the effect of HeadCoach, an online training intervention for managers with a focus on the mental health of their employees, compared to a waitlist control. The target sample is 168 managers, and their direct employees. Managers and employees will be assessed at baseline and at 4-month follow up. Managers will have an additional, intermediate assessment 6-weeks post-baseline. The primary outcome is change from baseline in managers’ self-reported confidence when dealing with mental health issues within their team and promoting a mentally healthy workplace. The difference between the intervention and waitlist control groups will be assessed using linear mixed effects repeated measures (MMRM) analysis of variance (ANOVA). Secondary managerial outcomes include mental health literacy, attitudes towards mental health issues in the workplace and managerial behaviour in dealing with mental health matters with their staff. Employee outcomes will be perceived level of manager support, engagement, psychological distress, and rates of sickness absence and presenteeism.

Discussion
To our knowledge this will be the first RCT of a purely online training intervention developed specifically for managers that promotes confidence to both support staff experiencing mental ill health and create a mentally healthy work environment. If successful, this intervention has the potential to provide an effective and efficient method of training managers in workplace mental health and to enhance employee wellbeing.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12888-018-1603-4
Field of Research 1103 Clinical Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30108694

Document type: Journal Article
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