Developing an integrated approach to workplace mental health: a hypothetical conversation with a small business owner

LaMontagne, Anthony D, Shann, Clare and Martin, Angela 2018, Developing an integrated approach to workplace mental health: a hypothetical conversation with a small business owner, Annals of work exposures and health, vol. 62, no. Supplement 1, pp. S93-S100, doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxy039.

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Title Developing an integrated approach to workplace mental health: a hypothetical conversation with a small business owner
Author(s) LaMontagne, Anthony DORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Shann, Clare
Martin, Angela
Journal name Annals of work exposures and health
Volume number 62
Issue number Supplement 1
Start page S93
End page S100
Total pages 8
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2018-09
ISSN 2398-7316
Keyword(s) Application
Integrated
Intervention
Job
Knowledge translation
Mental health
Prevention
Promotion
Small business
Stress
Workplace
Work
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary An integrated approach to workplace mental health encompasses three main areas of activity: (i) protecting mental health by reducing work-related and other risk factors for mental health problems, (ii) promoting mental health by developing the positive aspects of work as well as worker strengths and positive capacities, and (iii) responding to mental health problems as they manifest at work regardless of cause (work-related or otherwise). This represents an effort to distil what is a complex issue warranting a correspondingly complex set of responses into information for action that is accessible and engaging to workplace stakeholders, and that enables workplaces to begin from varying starting points to build over time towards mature multicomponent workplace mental health programs. This article, based on a plenary presentation at the Understanding Small Enterprises 2017 international conference (25-27 October 2017, Denver), is presented in two parts. Part I is a concise summary of our integrated approach to workplace mental health. Part II presents a hypothetical conversation with a small business owner/operator who has yet to implement workplace mental health programs, but is considering doing so. In this Conversation, representing an effort in knowledge translation, we attempt to convince the small business owner/operator to begin taking action.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/annweh/wxy039
Field of Research 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920405 Environmental Health
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Author(s)
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