Improving the wellbeing and resilience of health services staff via psychological skills training

Joep Van Agteren, Matthew Iasiello, Laura Lo

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Objective: Health services staff work in a stressful environment, which can negatively impact their mental health and wellbeing, and as a result can affect psychosocial and professional functioning. The implementation of resilience training aims to provide staff with basic psychological skills to improve mental health outcomes. The aim of the current pre-post study was to determine the short-term effects of group-based resilience training on clinical and non-clinical medical staff's (n = 40) mental health outcomes. Results: The study showed statistically significant improvements in resilience (r = 0.51, p = 0.02) and wellbeing (d = 0.29, p = 0.001) from before to 1 month after the training. Participants with the lowest wellbeing and resilience scores at start of the training showed higher effect sizes compared to those with highest wellbeing and resilience scores, (r = 0.67 compared to r = - 0.36 for wellbeing scores and d = 0.92 compared to d = 0.24 for resilience scores); differences that point to particular impact of the training for people with the lowest baseline values. No significant changes in psychological distress as a result of depression, anxiety and stress were found. Brief implications of the findings for mental health and wellbeing interventions in the health services are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number924
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2018


  • Positive mental health
  • Positive psychology intervention
  • Psychological skills training
  • Resilience
  • Resilience intervention
  • Wellbeing
  • Wellbeing and resilience program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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