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Mental health staff views on improving burnout and mental toughness

Zoe Posner (School of Health Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
Jessie Janssen (School of Health Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
Hazel Roddam (School of Health Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Burnout in mental health staff is acknowledged as a major problem. The purpose of this paper is to gain an understanding of mental health staff views on improving burnout and mental toughness in mental health staff.

Design/methodology/approach

Ten participants from two mental health rehabilitation units across the north-west of England took part in a Nominal Group Technique. Participants consisted of mental health workers from varied roles in order to capture views from a multidisciplinary team. The main question posed to the staff was “What strategies and techniques do you think could help improve burnout and mental toughness in mental health staff”.

Findings

The study revealed that the top three ideas to take forward to help improve burnout and mental toughness in mental health staff were improving the culture/organisation, improving staff wellbeing and education. Additionally, staff were highly motivated and enthusiastic about engaging in discussion about what could be done to improve their wellbeing and the importance of taking this forward.

Originality/value

This study is unique in involving mental health staff in discussing their ways of improving their mental health. It is also unique as it has found the nine strategies to do this and these could be used in targeted training for mental health staff.

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Citation

Posner, Z., Janssen, J. and Roddam, H. (2017), "Mental health staff views on improving burnout and mental toughness", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 249-259. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-03-2017-0021

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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