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Mental health interventions in the mining industry: a narrative review

Winifred Asare-Doku (School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia)
Jane Rich (School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia)
Brian Kelly (School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia)
Carole James (School of Health Sciences, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 27 May 2020

Issue publication date: 14 July 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

Previous research has suggested high levels of unaddressed mental health needs among male-dominated work settings. The mining industry has been a recent focus internationally. This paper aims to critically examine research regarding organizational mental health interventions for people working in mining industries.

Design/methodology/approach

The narrative review used a systematic standardized search strategy in six databases and grey literature from 1990 to 2019.

Findings

Of the 418 studies identified, seven studies (five quantitative and two qualitative studies) met the inclusion criteria. Analysis of these studies revealed the organisational interventions available to address mental health needs of miners. Interventions were categorised into organisational and individual-focused approaches. Evidence shows there is great potential in conducting workplace mental health programs, yet further research is required to create a strong evidence base for substantiated policy and practice implications.

Practical implications

Mental health interventions and programs should be available in mining industry to enhance mental health. Organisations can also improve mental health by implementing significant changes in the work environment and identifying workplace factors that induce strain and contribute to psychological distress in employees. Attempt can be made at restructuring safety policies and practices to include mental health, addressing organisational structures such as work schedules and providing training for managers and supervisors.

Originality/value

This review focuses on the unique characteristics pertaining to male-dominated mining industries and workplace mental health interventions which are aimed at supporting employee mental health.

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Citation

Asare-Doku, W., Rich, J., Kelly, B. and James, C. (2020), "Mental health interventions in the mining industry: a narrative review", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 153-167. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-10-2019-0039

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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