Integrating job stress and workplace mental health literacy intervention: Challenges and benefits

Anthony D. Lamontagne, Tessa Keegel, Clare Shann, Andrew Noblet

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Abstract

We developed and implemented an integrated workplace mental health intervention combining job stress intervention with a workplace mental health literacy program. The intervention was evaluated using an uncontrolled design, with organization-wide assessment of working conditions and mental health literacy preintervention, followed by action planning and intervention (up to 1 year), and postintervention assessment 1 year on. No signifi cant changes in the measured working conditions were observed (the ‘derailment’); however, signifi cant and sustained improvements in mental health literacy were observed. In comparison to mental health literacy improvements, improvements in psychosocial working conditions are harder to achieve (e.g., require more time and resources, organizational as well as knowledge/attitudes/behaviour change). Integrating these two approaches may provide encouragement/incentives to employers (near-term improvement in mental health literacy) needed to sustain employer interest and commitment to the improvement of psychosocial working conditions (over the longer term). To promote greater employer uptake and more sustained efforts to improve workplace mental health, we offer the three main messages (the ‘solutions’).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDerailed Organizational Interventions for Stress and Well-Being
Subtitle of host publicationConfessions of Failure and Solutions for Success
EditorsMaria Karanika-Murray, Caroline Biron
Place of PublicationHeidelberg Germany
PublisherSpringer
Chapter3
Pages27-35
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789401798679
ISBN (Print)9789401798662
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Intervention
  • Job stress
  • Mental health
  • Mental health literacy
  • Psychosocial
  • Workplace

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