Men­tal health of work­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Work­ers who have ex­pe­ri­enced men­tal health prob­lems and have had positive ex­pe­ri­ences at work are needed for a new study.

The Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion ( MHF) and the Univer­sity of Otago are hop­ing to in­ter­view em­ploy­ees and their em­ploy­ers about what has made their ex­pe­ri­ences positive and their work­ing re­la­tion­ship pro­duc­tive.

MHF chief ex­ec­u­tive Judi Cle­ments says re­search has shown that work has many ben­e­fits.

‘‘We’re keen to learn through this re­search the key fac­tors that help,’’ she says.

‘‘The project’s aim is to highlight positive ex­am­ples and un­cover use­ful, prac­ti­cal tips.’’

The study’s find­ings will be used to de­velop a prac­ti­cal re­port for the Like Minds, Like Mine pro­gramme which works to re­duce the stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion as­so­ci­ated with men­tal ill­ness and pro­mote so­cial in­clu­sion.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the study is vol­un­tary and the em­ployee needs to have been in full or part­time em­ploy­ment which is per­ma­nent or con­tracted.

Email sarah.e.gor­don@otago.ac.nz or phone 07 823 5025 for more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter to take part.

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