February/March 2017 (vol. 13/5)

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Safeguarding the mental health of employees

Mental-health management training for frontline managers


Vaughan Parsons explores whether or not workplace mental-health management training for frontline managers can improve the mental wellbeing of employees

Ben was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder four years ago and he has just spent eight weeks on sick leave following a sudden deterioration in his mental state. His condition is now stable and he is due to return to work next week.

Rebecca joined the company two years ago as a new graduate. She is a high flyer and is well regarded by clients. She consistently delivers excellent results, and the management team is keen to promote her. However, Rebecca has become withdrawn in recent weeks, at times she appears anxious and teary, and she has lost weight. Both these scenarios are not uncommon in the workplace …


Dr Vaughan Parsons is a freelance health writer with a particular interest in workplace mental health and men’s health. He also manages a national occupational health research trial (the ‘SCIN trial’ see p.37) and is employed by King’s College London.


Author: Parsons, V


Occupational Health at Work February/March 2017 (vol. 13/5) pp16-18

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