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Effective interventions for mental health in male-dominated workplaces

Nicole K. Lee (Associate Professor, based at National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia and National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Australia)
Ann Roche (Director, based at National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
Vinita Duraisingam (Project Manager/Psychologist, based at National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
Jane A. Fischer (Researcher, based at National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
Jacqui Cameron (Researcher, based at National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia and Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 2 December 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify mental health interventions within male-dominated industries.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic literature review was undertaken, examining mental health interventions within male-dominated industries. Major electronic databases, grey literature and reference lists for English language studies published January 1990-June 2012 were searched. Independent extraction of the studies was completed by two reviewers using predefined data fields including study quality measures.

Findings

Five studies met inclusion criteria. The available evidence suggests that effective interventions to address anxiety and depression in male-dominated industries include: improving mental health literacy and knowledge, increasing social support, improving access to treatment, providing education for managers and addressing workload issues.

Practical implications

Working conditions and the workplace can have a significant impact on a worker's mental health. Work-related factors including working conditions, job demands and social support in the workplace are particularly important for the mental health workers. Indeed, poor work conditions have been associated with poorer mental health outcomes in particular anxiety and depression, however, little work has been conducted on mental health interventions in the workplace and further the impact on male-dominated industries.

Originality/value

Overall, the body of evidence supporting effective interventions for mental health problems among workers in male-dominated industries is limited. Nonetheless, the evidence does suggest that mental health interventions in male-dominated industries is logistically feasible and can have some positive impact on the mental health of workers, particularly for high prevalence low severity disorders such as anxiety and depression.

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Acknowledgements

This project was part of a larger project funded by beyondblue and the Australian Government Department of Health. The full report from this project is also available: Roche, A.M., Fischer, J., Pidd, K., Lee, N.K., Battams, S. and Nicholas, R. (2012), “Workplace mental illness and substance use disorders in male-dominated industries: A Systematic Literature Review”, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Adelaide, www.beyondblue.org.au

Citation

K. Lee, N., Roche, A., Duraisingam, V., A. Fischer, J. and Cameron, J. (2014), "Effective interventions for mental health in male-dominated workplaces", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 237-250. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-09-2014-0034

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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