Mental Illness in the Workplace: Psychological Disability Management, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Mental Illness in the Workplace

Psychological Disability Management, 1st Edition

By Henry G. Harder, Shannon Wagner, Josh Rash


406 pages

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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. The authors of Mental Illness in the Workplace provide a practical guide to identifying, understanding, treating and preventing individual and organizational mental health issues. They illustrate how organizations can save money and improve the health and well-being of their employees by using a psychological disability management approach in the treatment and accommodation of mental illness issues. Drawing on empirical evidence from North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, the book is in three parts. The first addresses the scope of mental health issues in the workplace. The second part describes the most common mental illnesses found in the workplace, while the third focuses on prevention and treatment of mental health 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.


’Harder and colleagues have produced a much needed, eminently accessible text focussed on mental illness and the workplace. With predictions of major labour shortages in many industrialised nations, employers urgently need to preserve their valuable human resources, including those workers with mental health issues. This book provides employers and others with practical management strategies to prevent and manage mental illness at work.’ Nicholas Buys, Griffith University, Australia ’This text provides a useful overview of mental illness, its impact on individuals, society and the workforce, and practical strategies for addressing it in the workplace. The strategies outlined will not only benefit workers with existing mental illness, but all workers and employers via the creation of healthier workplaces that optimize the mental health and productivity of all members.’ Christine Randall, Griffith University, Australia ’Mental Illness in the Workplace fills a large void in the existing literature by defining common psychological health conditions and broadening the reader’s understanding of how mental health conditions impact in 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. Disability Management professionals will benefit greatly from this resource.’ 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 in both areas, mental health and the workplace, together is crucial in order to improve labor market participation by one of the most disadvantaged social groups, heavily stigmatized and generally ignored in their needs for social, medical and workplace support.’ Thomas Geisen, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland ’ … Hard

About the Authors

Dr Henry G. Harder is Professor in the School of Health Sciences and current BC Leadership Chair in Aboriginal Environmental Health, UNBC. He has published widely and made presentations and conducted workshops throughout Canada, the US, Australia and Europe. Dr Shannon Wagner is Professor in the School of Health Sciences, UNBC. She has published widely in the fields of occupational mental health and disability management, and works actively with the stakeholder community to increase knowledge regarding mental health accommodation in the workplace. Mr Josh Rash has degrees in psychology and health psychology. He has been a Research Assistant and Senior Laboratory Instructor in the Department of Psychology, UNBC. He is now a Doctoral Student at the University of Calgary.

About the Series

Psychological and Behavioural Aspects of Risk

Risk management is an ongoing concern for modern organizations in terms of their finance, their people, their assets, their projects and their reputation. The majority of the processes and systems adopted are either very financially oriented or fundamentally mechanistic; often better suited to codifying and recording risk, rather than understanding and working with it. Risk is fundamentally a human construct; how we perceive and manage it is dictated by our attitude, behaviour and the environment or culture within which we work. Organizations that seek to mitigate, manage, transfer or exploit risk need to understand the psychological factors that dictates the response and behaviours of their employees, their high-flyers, their customers and their stakeholders. This series, edited by two of the most influential writers and researchers on organizational behaviour and human psychology explores the psychological and behavioural aspects of risk; the factors that: * define our attitudes and response to risk: * are important in understanding and managing 'risk managers' * dictate risky behaviour in individuals at all levels.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations