Mental health problems are prevalent and costly in working populations. Workplace interventions to address common mental health problems have evolved relatively independently along three main threads or disciplinary traditions: medicine, public health, and psychology. In this Debate piece, we argue that these three threads need to be integrated to optimise the prevention of mental health problems in working populations.


Depression is a major public health problem among working-age adults. The workplace is potentially
an important location for interventions aimed at preventing the development of depression, but to date, the
mental health impact of universal interventions in the workplace has been unclear.


This paper concerns future policy development and programs of research for the prevention of mental disorders
based on research emerging from fetal and early life programming. The current review offers an overview of
findings on pregnancy exposures such as maternal mental health, lifestyle factors, and potential teratogenic and
neurotoxic exposures on child outcomes. Outcomes of interest are common child and adolescent mental disorders
including hyperactive, behavioral and emotional disorders. This literature suggests that the preconception and

We should recognise the need for greater national action to prevent mental disorders...

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We used data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010) to estimate the burden of disease attributable to mental and substance use disorders in terms of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), years of life lost to premature mortality (YLLs), and years lived with disability (YLDs).


Despite two decades of investment in improving mental health services, the mental health of Australians has not improved. This may be because haven’t been spending money on the right approach and need to place greater emphasis on prevention.

In 1997, Australia had its first National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. The survey showed that mental disorders were common, and that many people who were affected did not seek or get professional help.


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