Mental Health and Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary

This project examines the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on construction workers. Recent Australian research has identified increased experience of psychological distress, depression, stress, loneliness and financial concerns associated with the pandemic, increasing the risk of social isolation, chronic exhaustion and burnout.

This study involves the development and administration of a longitudinal survey to understand the experiences of Future Generation JV workers in relation to their work, life and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the work and life experiences of employees and the impact on their mental well-being is critical for informing organisational strategies to protect and promote employees’ mental health and psychological wellbeing during the current pandemic situation.

Data will be collected for 3 months, using two online survey instruments: a one-off baseline survey and shorter, monthly surveys. RMIT researchers will analyse the survey data to identify any significant changes in participants’ experiences of work and life and the association between these changes and the participants’ mental health and psychological wellbeing.

Team

  • Helen Lingard
  • Payam Pirzadeh

Partners

Future Generation Joint Venture (Snowy Hydro 2.0 project)

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.