Mental health problems are prevalent and costly in working populations. To realise the greatest benefits, workplace mental health interventions need to comprehensively 1) protect mental health by reducing work–related risk factors for mental health problems; 2) promote mental health by developing the positive aspects of work as well as worker strengths and positive capacities; and 3) address mental health problems among working people regardless of cause.
This presentation will present the evidence and principles supporting such an integrated intervention approach, discuss the future research, policy, and practice developments needed to move towards this goal, and propose an integrative notion of workplace mental health literacy.
After watching this webinar, you will learn:
- The scale and nature of the burden of mental health problems and disorders in the working population
- How work and working conditions affect mental health
- That there are three key threads to an integrated workplace mental health approach:
- Preventing harm
- Promoting the positive aspects of work
- Addressing mental health problems as they manifest at work regardless of cause
- About resources and strategies for addressing the three key threads of an integrated approach
Professor Tony LaMontagne leads the Work, Health & Wellbeing Unit and directs the Centre for Population Health Research at Deakin University in Melbourne (Australia). His broad research interest is in developing the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health, and translating this research into policy and practice to improve workplace and worker health. Currently, the Unit’s primary focus is on work and mental health—combining a range of etiologic and intervention research projects.