Evaluation of Headtorch WORKS as a workplace intervention for improved support and understanding of co-workers with poor mental health and well-being

Paterson, H. , Todorova, G. K. , Noble, K., Schickhoff, S. and Pollick, F. E. (2021) Evaluation of Headtorch WORKS as a workplace intervention for improved support and understanding of co-workers with poor mental health and well-being. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 30(6), pp. 931-942. (doi: 10.1080/1359432X.2021.1895757)

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Promoting mental health in the workplace and creating a supportive environment for those experiencing poor mental health are important strategies that can be implemented by workplaces. The present research evaluates the effectiveness of Headtorch WORKS, a mental health and well-being intervention consisting of three online episodes, including original filmed drama and specialist documentary, intercut with a variety of open and closed questions. To evaluate the Headtorch WORKS intervention, a number of psychological measures were developed and adapted for a workplace context. These measures examined the topics of social distance, interaction, stigma, empathy and presenteeism. Data were obtained from fifty-five employees from six participating companies, with this process taking six to nine weeks for each company. Twenty-nine employees were part of the experimental group and twenty-six were in the control condition. Data from an additional 122 undergraduate students and 130 employees were used to examine the measures and to evaluate their psychometric properties. The main study took the form of a pre/post- design where individuals were tested before and after the Headtorch WORKS intervention. Results showed no significant effects on our measures of stigma, empathy and presenteeism, but we did find improvements in our measures of social distance and interaction.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This project was supported by Innovate UK. Support for GKT was provided by the ESRC, (ES/P000681/1, Project Number: 1943784)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pollick, Professor Frank and Noble, Miss Katie and Todorova, Ms Greta and Paterson, Dr Helena
Authors: Paterson, H., Todorova, G. K., Noble, K., Schickhoff, S., and Pollick, F. E.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1464-0643
Published Online:19 April 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
First Published:First published in European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 30(6): 931-942
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303166Scottish Graduate School Science Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)Mary Beth KneafseyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P000681/1SS - Academic & Student Administration