The number of publications on work-related mental health problems has been growing continuously for many years. Thus, a multitude of articles and books deal with this problem, which affects both individuals and organizations, and attempt to analyze its symptoms, causes and consequences. However, few studies have managed to grasp the problem in its entirety, and still fewer have presented it in terms that are simple and accessible to everyone.
This is precisely what the Chair in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Management at Université Laval has set out to do by creating this series of booklets which are aimed at raising awareness about this issue. Entitled Mental Health at Work... From defining to Solving the Problem, this series is the result of research carried out on the prevention of work-related mental health problems (Brun, J.P. et al. 2002), and is intended for everyone who wants to understand the issue and to become better equipped to prevent it. This series comes in the form of a kit made up of three booklets on the scope (Booklet1), causes (Booklet 2), and prevention (Booklet 3) of the problem.
Scope of the Problem: How Workplace Stress Is Shown
This first booklet defines the concept of occupational stress and describes the extent of the problem and its consequences for individuals and organizations.
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What Causes the Problem: The Sources of Workplace Stress
The second booklet presents the main sources of occupational stress. It describes the personal factors that predispose certain individuals to such problems and proposes various methods that can help reduce the negative impacts of stress.
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Solving the Problem: Preventing Stress in the Workplace
The last booklet describes the three possible levels of prevention: (1) risk factor elimination or control, (2) the mechanisms that can help reduce the negative impacts of stress, and (3) treatment, the return to work, and follow-up of people. It also presents a strategic process for effectively preventing work-related mental health problems and practical tools for facilitating the initiation of action.
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