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Mental Health Literacy in the Workplace: development of a brief assessment and feedback digital app.

Project Description

Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU
Interviews: 25 March 2019
Start date: September 2019
Value p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2018/19 bursary rate is £14,777)

As part of its European Mental Health Action Plan, the World Health Organisation highlights the workforce as a population that needs intervention to increase mental wellbeing (World Health Organization, 2013).

One way to improve workplace wellbeing could be to improve levels of Mental Health Literacy (MHL). MHL refers to “knowledge of how to prevent mental disorders; recognition of when a disorder is developing; knowledge of help-seeking options and treatments available; knowledge of effective self-help strategies for milder problems, and first aid skills to support others who are developing a mental disorder or are in a mental health crisis.” (Jorm, 2012, p.1). Higher levels of MHL may be linked to lower levels of mental ill health (Wei, McGrath, Hayden, & Kutcher, 2015). High levels of MHL literacy may also play a role in reducing stigma, and creating a culture of supportive care within the workplace

This PhD studentship will focus on the development and evaluation of a brief digital MHL screening and feedback intervention for use in a specific workforce, which will be highly scalable. In our research team we value the principles of co-production and employ systematic frameworks within our approach to intervention development. Our research also has a strong grounding in theory and so we would welcome applicants who are willing to grapple with both theoretical and applied issues.

There is an additional requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.

For further information contact Professor David Foxcroft

Funding Notes

Applicants should have (or be expecting) a first class or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification in psychology or related cognate discipline (knowledge of research design and statistics is essential). EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre. We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.


How to apply:
Applications should be sent to [email protected] and should include an application form
( and a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed. Applicants can liaise with Professor David Foxcroft when developing their proposal.

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