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Call for papers - Mental health in the workplace

Guest Editors:
Juan Jesús García-Iglesias: University of Huelva, Spain
Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia: University of Toronto, Canada

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 29 June 2024


BMC Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on Mental health in the workplace. The collection aims to provide a comprehensive exploration of mental health issues in the workplace and innovative strategies to promote mental well-being among employees. We encourage submissions that look at topics including mental health awareness, stress management, mental health programs, leadership and mental health, workplace environment, remote work and mental health, the intersection of diversity and inclusion efforts with mental health initiatives, mental health stigma and employee engagement.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Juan Jesús García-Iglesias: University of Huelva, Spain 

Dr Juan Jesús García-Iglesias is an associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. His research has mainly focused on COVID-19, Mental Health, Nursing, Occupational Health and Public Health. Dr Juan Jesús García-Iglesias uses quantitative and qualitative methods with advanced statistical techniques in his research and develops systematic reviews. Dr Juan Jesús García-Iglesias has published more than 40 scientific papers in high-ranking journals and has collaborated with researchers from more than 10 countries.

Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia: University of Toronto; Krembil Research Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, Canada

Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia is an occupational therapist and assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy  at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr Nowrouzi-Kia's research program is a systematic study of occupations in the areas of work disability prevention, return to work, and disability management. This approach is designed to produce results directly applicable to identify and assess risk and to develop interventions for preventing/improving and optimizing functioning in the workplace. His work uses a biopsychosocial perspective to understand work disability and incorporate personal characteristics and environmental factors in improving health outcomes. Dr Nowrouzi-Kia holds the Emily Geldsaler Grant Early Career Professorship in Workplace Mental Health.


About the Collection

BMC Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on Mental health in the workplace. 

Mental disorders and other mental health conditions can significantly affect a person’s confidence at work, their capacity to work productively, the amount of leave they take and their ability to retain work or search for new employment. Without effective support, work can contribute to worsening mental health and the importance of this has gained an increasing amount of recognition in recent years. 

We invite researchers and experts in the field of mental health to contribute their insights and knowledge to our collection focused on mental health in the workplace. The collection aims to provide a comprehensive exploration of mental health issues in the workplace and innovative strategies to promote mental well-being among employees. We encourage submissions that look at topics including:

  • Mental health awareness: Research assessing the importance of creating a culture of mental health awareness within organizations.
  • Stress management: Strategies and best practices for managing workplace stress, burnout, and anxiety.
  • Mental health programs: Research on the effectiveness of mental health programs, employee assistance programs, and wellness initiatives.
  • Leadership and mental health: The role of leadership in fostering a mentally healthy workplace, including leadership styles that promote well-being.
  • Workplace environment: Examination of how the physical and social workplace environment affects mental health.
  • Remote work and mental health: Insights into the impact of remote work on employee mental health and strategies for remote well-being.
  • Diversity and inclusion: The intersection of diversity and inclusion efforts with mental health initiatives.
  • Mental health stigma: Articles that address and combat the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace.
  • Employee engagement: Research on the relationship between employee engagement, job satisfaction, and mental health.


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  1. Health-oriented leadership (HoL) has a positive impact on health- and work-related outcomes of employees in face-to-face settings. Increased digitization during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes an...

    Authors: Ilona Efimov, Volker Harth and Stefanie Mache
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:1338
  2. Suicide among male construction workers are reported to be disproportionally high compared to the working age population. However, there is minimal understanding of the prevalence and associated factors for su...

    Authors: Shane O’Donnell, Tom Egan, Nicholas Clarke and Noel Richardson
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:1263
  3. Increased working from home has imposed new challenges on public service employees, while also granting opportunities for job crafting. Grounding on the Job Demands-Resources model and Hobfoll’s Conservation o...

    Authors: Laura Seinsche, Kristina Schubin, Jana Neumann and Holger Pfaff
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:1249
  4. Evidence on workplace bullying and harassment (WBH) in the UK has not used probability-sample surveys with robust mental health assessments. This study aimed to profile the prevalence and nature of WBH in Engl...

    Authors: Annie Bunce, Ladan Hashemi, Charlotte Clark, Stephen Stansfeld, Carrie-Anne Myers and Sally McManus
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:1147
  5. Despite some gains, women continue to have less access to work and poorer experiences in the workplace, relative to men. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among women’s life expectancy...

    Authors: George B. Cunningham and Pamela Wicker
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:1115
  6. Self-initiated and proactive changes in working conditions through crafting are essential for shaping work and improving work-related well-being. Recently, the research stream of job crafting has been extended...

    Authors: Philipp Kerksieck, Miika Kujanpää, Jessica de Bloom, Rebecca Brauchli and Georg F. Bauer
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:1099
  7. Occupational stress is becoming a common phenomenon around the world. Being in a high occupational stress state for a long time may destroy the metabolic balance of the body, thereby increasing the risk of met...

    Authors: Min Zhang, Bin Liu, Weiyi Ke, Yashi Cai, Lingyu Zhang, Weixu Huang, Xuehua Yan and Huifeng Chen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:802
  8. Medical assistants (MA) constitute one of the largest professions in outpatient health care in Germany. The psychosocial working conditions of health care staff are generally believed to be challenging and to ...

    Authors: Kira Schmidt-Stiedenroth, Viola Mambrey, Annegret Dreher and Adrian Loerbroks
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:716
  9. The risk of workplace violence and job burnout among Chinese correctional officers is high. Stress and insomnia may influence the relationship between workplace violence and job burnout; however, this influenc...

    Authors: Jizhi Wang, Ying Huang, Siyuan Wang, Zheng Zhang, Yuqiong He, Xiaoping Wang and Huijuan Guo
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:566
  10. Spain's lockdown measures couldn't prevent the severe impact of the COVID-19 first wave, leading to high infections, deaths, and strain on healthcare workers (HCWs). This study aimed to explore the mental heal...

    Authors: J. Ripoll, X. Chela-Alvarez, E. Briones-Vozmediano, M. A. Fiol de-Roque, R. Zamanillo-Campos, I. Ricci-Cabello, J. Llobera, C. Calafat-Villalonga and M. J. Serrano-Ripoll
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:463

    The Publisher Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2024 24:880

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Mental health in the workplace" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.