1st Edition

Mental Illness in the Workplace Psychological Disability Management

    408 Pages
    by Routledge

    406 Pages
    by Routledge

    The extent of mental illness concerns in the workforce is becoming increasingly apparent. Stress, depression, anxiety, workplace bullying and other issues are costing businesses billions every year in lost productivity, poor treatments and employee retention. Unless appropriately addressed, issues related to mental illness difficulties will result in stiff financial, organizational, and human costs for organizations.

    Drawing on empirical evidence from North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, the book provides a practical guide to identifying, understanding, treating and preventing individual and organizational mental health issues. The authors illustrate how organizations can save money and improve the health and wellbeing of their employees by using a psychological disability management approach in the treatment and accommodation of mental illness issues.

    This book will meet the needs of human resources professionals, administrators of employee assistance programs, industrial and organizational psychologists, mental health practitioners, those teaching or studying psychology and disability management, and more generally will serve to enlighten students of business management and practicing managers regarding a major workforce risk factor.

    1. Introduction

    2. The Scope of Mental Illness#

    3. Current Thinking about Mental Illness in the Workplace

    4. Depression in the Workplace

    5. Anxiety in the Workplace

    6. Occupational Stress

    7. Post-traumatic Stress in the Workplace

    8. Toxic Work Environment

    9. Worksite Reactions and Interactions with Mental Health

    10. Psychological Assessment for the Workplace

    11. How to Create a Healthy Workplace

    12. Legislation and Accommodation for Mental Healthin the Workplace

    13. Why Positivity Matters


    Henry G. Harder is Indigenous Scholar, Professor and past Chair of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.

    Shannon Wagner is Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.

    Josh Rash is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

    'A much needed, eminently accessible text focussed. This book provides employers and others with practical management strategies to prevent and manage mental illness at work.' -- Nicholas Buys, Griffith University, Australia

    'Mental Illness in the Workplace defines common psychological health conditions and broadens the reader’s understanding of how mental health conditions impact the workplace. It explores current evidence, diagnostic challenges and treatment complexities. The authors articulate and present solid and well-thought-out solutions for prevention and management.' -- Liz R. Scott, Principal/CEO of Organizational Solutions, Canada

    'The book provides richly detailed information on how to deal with challenges of mental health in the workplace. Bringing expertise together is crucial in order to improve labor market participation by one of the most disadvantaged, heavily stigmatized and generally ignored social groups.' -- Thomas Geisen, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland

    'This text provides a useful overview of mental illness, its impact on individuals, society and the workforce. The practical strategies outlined will not only benefit workers with existing mental illness, but all workers and employers via the creation of healthier workplaces.' -- Christine Randall, Griffith University, Australia