Wellbeing and Mental Health in Organizations



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of mental hygiene, the study of the development of healthy mental and emotional habits, attitudes and behavior, and the prevention of mental illness at workplaces. It will present cutting-edge research findings to identify the prerequisites of psychological wellbeing. Types and characteristics of undesirable workplace behavior (rudeness, gossip, destruction, stealing, bullying, informing) and the means of possible behavioral changes will be discussed. During the course students will learn about the research underpinning new theoretical models concerning the connection between work and mental health, work related stress and burnout, and they will be introduced to the process of planning and managing healthcare programs. Specific features of individual and organizational intervention programs and the guidelines of such programs will be discussed.

  • Izabela, Z., Schultz, E., Rogers, S. (2010). Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health. Springer.
  • Kinder, A., Hughes, R., and Cooper, C.L. (2008). Employee Well-being Support: A Workplace Resource. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Namie, G., and Namie, R.F. (2011). The Bully-Free Workplace: Stop Jerks, Weasels, and Snakes From Killing Your Organization. John Wiley and Sons. New Jersey.
  • Privitera, M.R. (2010). Workplace violence in mental and general healthcare setting. New York.
  • Thomas, J.C., and Hersen, M. (eds). (2002). Handbook of mental health in the workplace. Sage Publications.