|A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Online Psychoeducation Course for Improving Knowledge and Access to Workplace Mental Health Accommodations
|The primary aim of the study is to test the efficacy of an online psychoeducational course on requesting and receiving mental health accommodations in the workplace
|Participants will be eligible for the study if they meet the following criteria:
(1) are 18 years of age or older
(2) are working for an organization or on an approved leave
(3) are a resident of Canada
(4) are experiencing at least clinically significant symptoms of anxiety and/or depression (i.e., symptoms are severe enough to impact work performance)
(5) have not been hospitalized within the last year for mental health and/or suicide risk concerns
(6) have access to a secure computer and the Internet, and is comfortable using technology
|Participants will gain more knowledge on symptoms of depression and anxiety at work and the accommodations that can help them cope with symptoms. Participants may also notice a decrease in symptoms, improved morale, better interpersonal relationships at work, improved productivity, and fewer missed days due to mental health.
|Workplace Coping Strategies is a free online course to help Canadian employees build skills for dealing with mental health in the workplace, wherever your work finds you these days! This 4-lesson course will help you to identify what depression and anxiety symptoms are and how to make changes in your workplace to reduce these symptoms.
Do you know what workplace modifications are available to you for mental health? Do you understand Canadian laws regarding mental health and the workplace? No? You are not alone!
Research suggests that many Canadian employees do not know about or receive the appropriate workplace modifications, like reduced work hours, to properly manage anxiety/depression symptoms at work, despite the fact that adjustments can decrease symptoms and sick time, increase productivity, improve mood, and build better workplace relationships.
Learn how to manage your mental health in the workplace with the free Workplace Coping Strategies course at www.onlinetherapyuser.ca if you are an employee (or on an approved leave) with symptoms of anxiety/depression that impact your ability to work, are 18 years of age or older, are comfortable using and have access to the Internet, and are a Canadian resident.
If you wish to participate you will be asked to complete some questionnaires (3-5 total) over a two to four-month period. You will also be randomly assigned to one of two groups: Group one will start immediately and Group two will wait 8-weeks. Overall, total time to complete the course and questionnaires will be approximately 3-4 hours over a few months (total time is dependent on which group you are assigned to).
|For further information, contact course developer, Nichole Faller, MA, under the supervision of Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Professor of Psychology at [email protected], or call the Online Therapy Unit at 306-337-3331, or email the Online Therapy Unit at [email protected].
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