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.

Principal researchers