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Mental Health

Work, mental health and cognitive performance

Mental health in the working environment is becoming an increasingly important subject and is now discussed as a key dimension of occupational safety and health protection.

Man walking along a bright hallway © Uwe Völkner, Fotoagentur FOX

This growing prominence is down to various developments: on the one hand, there are an increasing number of diagnoses in the area of mental and behavioural disorders. This relates to both the number of sick days and the number of individuals entering early retirement. On the other hand, mental demands at work are evolving due to the changing working environment. There are a growing number of activities that involve cognitive, information-processing or emotional requirements. Workers themselves are also experiencing an increase in mental load.

Humane work design helps to prevent mental health issues and preserves mental health and performance. This area is therefore becoming one of the key challenges for occupational safety and health protection.

"Mental health in the working world - determining the current state of scientific evidence"

One of the important tasks for the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is therefore to identify gaps in knowledge and to close these gaps by initiating research. This is precisely the aim of BAuA's project "Mental health in the working world - determining the current state of scientific evidence", which summarises current knowledge of psychological factors relating to working conditions and, at the same time, examines whether the available knowledge is relevant and applicable to the changing working environment. In the process, it addresses the question whether and how factors relating to the working environment - such as noise - affect work in modern workplaces.

Mental health

Another important starting point is the concept of mental health as an individual resource for the private and working environment. In this area, particular importance is attached to cognitive performance with a view to maintaining working capacity over the course of working life. In other research activities, BAuA focuses on clarifying which factors affect mental health in the working environment and which protective factors and resources are beneficial for mental health and cognitive performance.

BAuA's combined research activities aim to support the public and political discussion by providing reliable scientific knowledge. On this basis, the institute contributes to providing accurate information to the public.

Publications

Research Projects

Project numberF 2478 StatusOngoing Project Third wave of the longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA III)

Find out more : Third wave of the longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA III) …

Project numberF 2408 StatusCompleted Project Work and employment conditions as determinants of work engagement and its association with mental health and work ability

Find out more : Work and employment conditions as determinants of work engagement and its association with mental health and work ability …

Project numberF 2407 StatusCompleted Project Interaction effects of psychosocial occupational factors on mental health: cross sectional analyses of S-MGA-data and longitudinal analyses of lidA-data

Find out more : Interaction effects of psychosocial occupational factors on mental health: cross sectional analyses of S-MGA-data and longitudinal analyses of lidA-data …

Project numberF 2402 StatusOngoing Project Experimental studies on the development of continuous neuronal mental workload registration for field use

Find out more : Experimental studies on the development of continuous neuronal mental workload registration for field use …

Project numberF 2384 StatusOngoing Project Project bundle: Longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA II) - Project component 1: Preparation of questionnaire and conduction of the second wave of S-MGA II

Find out more : Project bundle: Longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA II) - Project component 1: Preparation of questionnaire and conduction of the second wave of S-MGA II …

Project numberF 2460 StatusOngoing Project Project bundle: Longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA II) - Project component 2: Longitudinal associations between working and employment conditions, burnout and depressive symptoms

Find out more : Project bundle: Longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA II) - Project component 2: Longitudinal associations between working and employment conditions, burnout and depressive symptoms …

Project numberF 2461 StatusOngoing Project Project bundle: Longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA II) - Project component 3: Longitudinal associations between work and well-being

Find out more : Project bundle: Longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA II) - Project component 3: Longitudinal associations between work and well-being …

Project numberF 2462 StatusOngoing Project Project bundle: Longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA II) - Project component 4: Mental health and work participation

Find out more : Project bundle: Longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA II) - Project component 4: Mental health and work participation …

Project numberF 2318 StatusCompleted Project Depression, burnout and cognitive deficits - studies on the influence of work-related and individual determinants

Find out more : Depression, burnout and cognitive deficits - studies on the influence of work-related and individual determinants …

Project numberF 2312 StatusCompleted Project Psychophysiological investigations on changes of cognitive capacities during working life under consideration of individual cognitive reserves

Find out more : Psychophysiological investigations on changes of cognitive capacities during working life under consideration of individual cognitive reserves …

Project numberF 2283 StatusCompleted Project Effect of psychological stress at the workplace on "Neuroenhancement" - empirical studies on employees

Find out more : Effect of psychological stress at the workplace on "Neuroenhancement" - empirical studies on employees …

Project numberF 2264 StatusCompleted Project Systematic reviews on the topic "mental health/cognitive capacity in the world of work"

Find out more : Systematic reviews on the topic "mental health/cognitive capacity in the world of work" …

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