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  • Writer's pictureJames Fairview

Are you an academic with an interest in (especially workplace) mental health?

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

If so, our book will help you identify:

  • Legal and regulatory factors causing or contributing toward poor mental health

  • Evidence that suggests society’s mental health 'industry' leaders are not adequately joining the macro-level mental health ‘dots’

  • Evidence and arguments that suggest adverse effects may arise from increased mental health awareness

  • Strategic, structured and systematic management methods for managing workplace mental health

  • Metrics designed to measure the effectiveness of workplace mental health practices and performance

  • National policy-level recommendations to bring about a seismic change in workplace mental health

  • Over 200 Harvard-referenced sources related to mental health.

‘How to Become a Mental Health Leader Within the Workplace’ will be launched on Amazon on 18th May 2020.

It could be just the text you need to develop your thinking and bring your research to a more meaningful conclusion.

Statement About the Research Approach and Methodology

Guiding research questions

1 - How can the experiences of those living with mental health conditions and with mental ill-health be presented so as to build empathy in employers?

2 - What are the key macro/strategic mental health output indicators and how are they performing?

3 - What is the workplace mental health legal and regulatory framework and is it just, equitable and effective? 4 - What are the main contemporary workplace mental health interventions and can they be considered effective? 5 - How do other countries approach workplace mental health and what can the UK learn? Can best practice be imported into the UK?

The research behind this book is based upon: i) in-depth case studies of individuals with mental health lived experience, along with a review of secondary sources. A case study approach was selected because of its ability to capture the feelings and emotions of research subjects. An unstructured and unscripted interview technique was adopted to allow for freedom of expression. Case study subject selection, interview techniques and methods of data capture would not withstand stringent academic scrutiny. Various secondary sources were reviewed to establish mental health ‘performance’, along with related patterns and trends. Free, online sources were examined, allowing readers to explore cited sources. In writing up findings, an assessment was made as to whether causality could be established in respect of any correlation between contemporary workplace mental health interventions (eg. raising awareness, mental health first aid, resilience training, mindfulness) and the effect these interventions attempt to have (eg. improving mental health). The correlation made is implied and is not adequately evidenced. However, whilst interventions have increased in recent years, most key mental health strategic outputs indicators presented were found to have deteriorated or remained disappointing during the same time period. Macro-level causality and correlations were difficult to establish, given the numerous potential variables in play. Additionally, the researcher allowed themselves two indulgences usually prohibited when undertaking such research: i) not presenting results in a typically academic fashion, as doing so would add content unappealing to the reader target audience (eg. organisational leaders and managers) and ii) the researcher allowed for scope creep, pursuing initially unrelated lines of enquiry to determine if such enquiries would add material relevant to the target reader audience. As with many research projects, time and resources limited the extent of research undertaken. Academics interested in this work should, therefore, regard this text as contributing to their own literature review ahead of commencing their own research, as opposed to considering this text as complete, comprehensive and conclusive work in its own right.        

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