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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Work and Mental Health: An employers' guide

Doreen M. Miller, Maurice Lipsedge and Paul Litchfield

Price: £20.00

Members' discount available

Published: Oct 2002

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 176

ISBN: 9781901242850

Work and Mental Health: An employers' guide

Work-related mental ill health, or 'stress' in the common shorthand, is the major health and safety issue for most employers in the Western world. In the UK alone more than 6.5 million working days are lost each year at a cost to companies of almost £400 million.
The cost to society in human as well as financial terms is greater still and the latter has been estimated at some £3.75 billion annually.
Forward-looking organisations have been seeking not just to control these costs but to establish working systems that positively enhance mental health. The drivers for commercial organisations have not, in the main, been philanthropic but rather the recognition that mental well-being is a critical factor in peak performance - improvements in organisational health show up on the bottom line.
Work and Mental Health draws on the expertise of a wide range of health professionals with practical experience of mental health in the workplace. Both clinical problems and organisational issues are addressed and many practical examples are given of what can be done in an occupational setting to benefit individuals and the companies they work for. This is a text written by practitioners not just for fellow practitioners but also for human resources and management professionals and a wide range of colleagues in business who are trying to grapple with this 21st-century 'epidemic'.


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List of contributors
  1. Management of change: the Glaxo Pharmaceuticals case study
  2. Legal aspects of mental health in the workplace
  3. Risk management approach to mental health: the London Electricity case study
  4. Mental well-being in the workplace: building the business case
  5. Developing a mental health policy: an outline
  6. Individual and organisational stress
  7. A team approach to managing mental health at work: the AstraZeneca case study
  8. Managing pressure: the Marks & Spencer case study
  9. Supporting mental well-being through the promotion of a balanced lifestyle
  10. Assessing mental health problems in the workplace
  11. Anxiety, depression, suicide risk, bullying and occupational health interventions
  12. Substance misuse/addiction: alcohol
  13. Substance misuse/addiction: drugs
  14. Anorexia and bulimia
  15. The effects of travel on mental well-being: fear of flying and other psychiatric disorders
  16. Critical incidents and violence at work
  17. Chronic fatigue syndrome
  18. Schizophrenia and delusional disorders
  19. Organic states
  20. Personality disorders in the workplace
  21. The role of mental health professionals
  22. The role of the liaison psychiatrist
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