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Understanding the cost of mental health at work: an integrative framework

Hassard, Juliet; Teoh, Kevin; Thomson, Louise; Blake, Holly


Juliet Hassard

Kevin Teoh

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Professor of Behavioural Medicine


Tony Wall

Cary Cooper

Paula Brough


Internationally, there is growing recognition of the social and economic impact of work-related stress and mental ill-health; and, in turn, of the relative importance of promoting mental wellbeing and preventing the onset of mental disorders at work and within the community. Understanding the financial cost of mental ill-health and work-related stress to society and organisations is an important avenue by which to assess the magnitude and significance of an occupational or public health problem (Leigh, 2006; Tarricone, 2006; Jo, 2014). However, it can also act an important source of information in which to develop the business case for health-centered workplace interventions and public policy. The aim of this book chapter is to to cultivate a better understanding and informed discourse at the interface between the disciplines of psychology and economics. In particular, we seek to integrate our empirical understanding of the link between work, mental health and organisational performance within an economic methodological perspective.


Hassard, J., Teoh, K., Thomson, L., & Blake, H. (2021). Understanding the cost of mental health at work: an integrative framework. In T. Wall, C. Cooper, & P. Brough (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Organisational Wellbeing. SAGE Publications

Acceptance Date Aug 14, 2020
Publication Date 2021-05
Deposit Date Aug 5, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jun 1, 2023
Publisher SAGE Publications
Book Title The SAGE Handbook of Organisational Wellbeing
Chapter Number 2
ISBN 9781529704860
Keywords Business case, mental health, work-related stress, work, cost of illness, psychosocial work environment
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