Overview of OSH research regarding mental health at work of workers with low socioeconomic status

Period: September 2022 – June 2023

Funding institution: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Client: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Link: Overview of OSH research regarding mental health at work of workers with low socioeconomic status

Amount: 42.520 Euro

Short description: The objective of the contract is to provide an overview to better understand the specific work related risk factors that contribute to poor mental health for workers with a low socioeconomic status, with a particular focus on psychosocial risk factors. The project aims to collect, revise and analyse information, data and research – from both scientific and grey literature – with regard to the effect of specific working situations and psychosocial risks in terms of mental health (such as for example stress, depression, anxiety, or the contrary good mental health).

The overview is meant to identify sectors of highest interest for the implementation of preventive activities as well as groups of workers among those with low socioeconomic status, being most affected. The project also considers the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the situation of this group of workers as well aspects related to the changing world of work based on digitalisation. Finally, the study team is conducting a desk search for examples of possible solutions and prevention approaches focusing on mental health of workers with low socioeconomic status at company or policy level.

WISE role: Wise Angle is the lead tenderer, coordinates the study management, literature review, identification and analysis of good practices, and final report writing, including the critical discussion of findings and elaboration of policy recommendations.

The study is conducted in collaboration with Notus Applied Social Research.