Evaluation of a mental health screening tool using cross-sectional surveys in a workplace setting

Joe Xu, Alexander Willems, Vincy Li, Nick Glozier, Philip J. Batterham, Victoria Malone, Richard W. Morris, Chris Rissel

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The Brief Health Check (BHC) is a health screener used by the Get Healthy at Work programme, which identifies workers with chronic disease risk and provides them with advice and referrals to support services. The BHC was revised to include mental health to provide a holistic approach to workplace health. This study aimed to evaluate the acceptability and appropriateness of the revised BHC by comparing the results around psychological distress and future risk with previous research, and a participant feedback survey. 


Data collection took place between October 2018 and May 2019. The study used data that were collected as part of programme delivery, as well as a participant feedback survey that was administered after the health check was completed.


BHCs were completed by n=912 workers, out of which, n=238 completed the feedback survey. The mean Distress Questionnaire 5 score was 10.5, and 10% of participants met the threshold for € high' future risk. The feedback survey revealed that the majority of participants found the mental health advice to be useful (76%), agreed with their mental health distress and risk ratings (92%-94%) and most intended on using the referred services (62%-68%). 


The findings around mental health risk were comparable to previous findings in employed samples. The inclusion of mental health assessments, advice and referral pathways into the BHC was found to be acceptable and the subsequent referrals were appropriate, indicating that this approach could be scaled up and implemented to help address worker's mental ill health

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere052155
Number of pages8
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • mental health
  • psychiatry
  • public health


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