Workplace mental health training works, but do you have the confidence to act?


Chris O’Sullivan reports on a recent cluster randomised controlled trial of workplace mental health training for managers and its effect on sick leave in employees.

[read the full story...]

Helping people with depression return to work


Meg Fluharty reports on a new Cochrane review of interventions to improve return to work in depressed people. The review finds moderate quality evidence for a range of work-directed and clinical interventions that can help people with depression return to work.

[read the full story...]

Are school teachers at a high risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders?

teacher looking at globe with children

As teachers across the UK have been recharging their batteries over the summer break are they also taking the opportunity to rest their weary bodies? Musculoskeletal disorders have a huge impact on work related absences. For example in the UK, in 2007/2008, on average, each person suffering from an upper-limb disorder took an estimated 13.3 [read the full story…]

Low back pain longer than 6 weeks? Try physiotherapy functional restoration rather than advice

Low back pain

Have you ever had low back pain lasting longer than 6 weeks? I know a few elves who have. Did you know it is estimated that 28% of people will experience disabling low back pain (LBP) sometime during their lives and that 80% to 90% of attacks of low back pain resolve in about 6 [read the full story…]

Early intervention helps reduce depression and long-term sickness absence in office workers

shutterstock_51265582 workplace depression

This randomised controlled trial from Maastricht University in The Netherlands examines how well early intervention can help prevent long-term sickness absence and major depression among office workers who are at high risk of taking time off work with mild to severe depressive complaints. Researchers recruited 139 employees working in an office environment, all of whom were at [read the full story…]