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February/March 2011 (vol. 07/5)

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Supervisor training in mental health at work

Training managers in mental health awareness is an increasingly popular response to improving workplace health (see OH at Work 2010; 7(3): 20–23 and 7(2): 24–27). But does it work? Interventions covered in this systematic review included online learning, lectures, role-play and training. Supervisor training had a ‘favourable effect, at least in the short term’ on workers’ mental health, insomnia, and job performance, though the impact of education on supervisor knowledge and behaviour tends to be lost after six months, and there is no evidence of long-term benefit.

Journal of Occupational Health 2010; online first: doi: 10.1539/joh.R10002,


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