Toxic corporate workplace culture could be linked to Australia's spiral into depression

phys.org | 11/5/2019 | Staff
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Here's a sobering statistic for the 'lucky country': 36 million prescriptions for antidepressant medication were issued in Australia in 2018, the second highest in the developed world after Iceland.

Just why Australia is in the grip of a mental health crisis—with one in five struggling with depression, anxiety or mood disorders—is complex, and often attributed to traumatic childhood experiences, family history, life stresses, and chronic health conditions.

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But another factor, largely unexplored, is the impact of toxic workplaces on mental health.

University of South Australia Professor Maureen Dollard, a global expert on work health, will spend the next three years leading an ARC-funded $477,782 project investigating the possible link between work distress and Australia's high levels of antidepressant use.

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Believed to be the first study of its kind in the world, Prof Dollard's team will explore how corporate workplaces contribute to mental illness and medication use, depending on a company's commitment to its employees' psychological health.

"Existing studies largely focus on the role that work pressure, bullying and lack of support play in health and wellbeing, but we believe it goes deeper than that. The root cause lies with the corporate culture of a workplace and its commitment to what...
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