Company Sponsored Dissertation
MSc student, Franziska, undertook her dissertation with us in 2016 with a focus on understanding why the number of work related stress, depression and/or anxiety have remained unchanged over the past decade although mental health is becoming an increasingly discussed topic.
Her dissertation sought to analyse what measures organisations took in order to raise awareness for mental health conditions; decrease stigma and increase efforts for prevention and early intervention. For this purpose, interviews with a number of managers from organisations within the public, private and third sector were conducted.
Another objective of this dissertation was to balance the employers’ view with that of employees to understand on the one hand, how implemented measures are perceived and on the other hand, what employees expect from their work environment and possibly what holds them back from opening up about mental health issues. For this purpose, an online survey was distributed to employees from participating organisations.
Below you can download the findings of Franziska’s research.
In 2017 we had another opportunity to work with a student from the University of Edinburgh Business School and MSc student, Lusha, undertook her dissertation with a focus on exploring perceived and actual barriers and stigmas that people with mental health may face with when returning to work.
Based on both successful and failed experiences, she was looking to identify existing barriers and stigmas, as well as the intervention or support from a company perspective. The factors that contribute to success and lead to failure were analysed.
As a result of the findings above, the research explored what can be done differently in order to make the negative experiences more successful. The research was a qualitative one, with the main method being interviews. Samples were a mixture of mental health issues (both diagnosed and not), gender and age, since mental health issues apply to everyone in the workplace.
Below you can download the findings of Lusha’s research.