A smart-phone intervention to address mental health stigma in the construction industry: A two-arm randomised controlled trial

A. Milner, P. C.F. Law, C. Mann, T. Cooper, K. Witt, A. D. LaMontagne

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Background: High levels of self-stigma are associated with a range of adverse mental health, treatment, and functional outcomes. This prospective study examined the effects of an electronic mental health stigma reduction intervention on self-stigma (self-blame, shame, and help-seeking inhibition) among male construction workers in Australia. Method: Male construction workers (N = 682) were randomly assigned to receive either the intervention condition or the wait list control over a six-week period. Self-stigma was assessed using the Self-Stigma of Depression Scale at post-intervention. We conducted linear regression to assess the effectiveness of the intervention on self-stigma, adjusting for relevant covariates. Results: Self-stigma was relatively low in the sample. The intervention had no significant effect on self-stigma, after adjusting for confounders. There were reductions in stigma in both the intervention and control groups at 6-week follow-up. Process evaluation indicated that participants generally enjoyed the program and felt that it was beneficial to their mental health. Conclusions: These observations underscore the need for further research to elucidate understanding of the experience of self-stigma among employed males.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-168
Number of pages5
JournalSSM - Population Health
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • construction
  • help-seeking inhibition
  • mental health
  • Self-blame
  • shame
  • stigma

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