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Effectiveness and application of an online leadership intervention to promote mental health and reduce depression-related stigma in organizations

Shann, C, Martin, A ORCID: 0000-0003-0109-1218, Chester, A and Ruddock, S 2018 , 'Effectiveness and application of an online leadership intervention to promote mental health and reduce depression-related stigma in organizations' , Journal of Occupational Health Psychology , pp. 1-16 , doi: 10.1037/ocp0000110.

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Addressing the stigma of mental illness and its effect in the workplace is a contemporary issue inoccupational health. The role of leaders is a vital but relatively unexplored dimension of this phenomenon.This study examined the effectiveness and application of an online intervention to reducedepression-related stigma in organizational leaders. A randomized controlled, “in the field” study wasconducted with 196 leaders. Participants completed an online survey and were randomly assigned toeither the experimental or wait-list control group. One week later, participants in the experimental groupwere given access to a brief online workplace mental health intervention and asked to complete apostsurvey, whereas the control group had to only complete the online postsurvey. Six months later,participants completed a follow-up online survey. Results revealed significant reductions in behavioraland affective depression-related stigma scores among leaders who completed the intervention, comparedwith the control group. These reductions were similar at 6 months. The factors that enabled or hinderedtraining transfer from the intervention were examined through semistructured interviews with 16 of theparticipating leaders. Results showed that positive attitudes and high levels of knowledge are notsufficient to ensure leaders apply intervention learning in their work environments. Factors including thenature of the work environment, the collective readiness and capability of the organization to addressthese issues, the attitudes of others at work, and the broader political context affected the application oflearning from the intervention.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Shann, C and Martin, A and Chester, A and Ruddock, S
Keywords: workplace mental health, leadership, depression, stigma, Beyondblue
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 1076-8998
DOI / ID Number: 10.1037/ocp0000110
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