Digital mental health tools for Australian workplaces
The Black Dog Institute and its collaborators have developed three new products for the prevention of depression in the workplace:
1. HeadGear: a new smartphone app that provides integrated mental health screening, monitoring, and tailored mental health promotion activities for individual employees.
2. HeadCoach: a new online mental health training program that teaches managers how to create mentally healthy work teams and how to better manage employees with early signs of mental health problems.
3. A new depression risk algorithm that reliably identifies workers who are at risk of future mental health problems.
These products were informed by systematic research and consultation with employers and employees. HeadGear and HeadCoach have both been shown to be effective in randomised controlled trials in male-dominated workplaces. HeadGear appears to be particularly effective when targeted to those who can be identified as being at high risk by the algorithm described above.
The Prevention Hub will extend these products in a number of key ways. Firstly, each product will be modified so that they can be used in any workplace, regardless of the gender balance or industry group. Secondly, the products will be adapted so they can be tailored to specific groups, particularly those identified as being at high risk. Finally, they will be developed so they can be rolled out and evaluated at scale.
Director and Chief Scientist, Black Dog Institute, and Professor of Mental Health, University of New South Wales
Professor Christensen is a leading expert on using technology to deliver evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety, suicide and self-harm. Her research also encompasses prevention of mental health problems in young people through school-based research programs.
Chief Psychiatrist, Black Dog Institute, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
A/Prof Harvey leads the Workplace Mental Health Research Program at Black Dog Institute and the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. He is a psychiatrist and epidemiologist with a particular interest in the overlap between mental health, physical health and work.