Victims of workplace bullying face heightened risk of mental illness

TACKLING workplace bullying may help safeguard the mental health of employees, researchers say.

A longitudinal Finnish study showed men bullied at work more than tripled their risk of developing a mental disorder, while the risk to women doubled.

Supervisory training to recognise bullying and guidelines to follow when bullying took place were important to minimise adverse health outcomes, the researchers said.

The study of 6830 municipal employees aged 40–60 found 5% reported current bullying, with no gender differences in prevalence.

 At follow-up five to seven years later, the men who reported current bullying were 3.64 times more likely to have a mental disorder, and women were 2.34 times more likely.

J Epidemiol Community Health, online 20 January