Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace

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  • 90 minutes

Employers are seeing more mental health issues in their workforce than ever before. Each year 1 in 5 adults is stricken with a mental illness (National Institute of Mental health), making mental illness an everyday reality for many of your employees. Yet, only 1 in 3 people seek help with their illness. The ADA, HIPPA, FMLA and most states’ human/civil rights department dictate how employers deal with employees’ with mental health problems. Privacy laws create challenges for employers to determine how serious a situation is and whether an employee poses a danger (though those with a mental illness pose no more risk of violence than those without a mental illness).

Examples of the most common psychological disorders include major depression and dysthymia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia and an array of personality disorders. Those individuals with depressions have 2.5 times the risk of on the job injury. Workplace depression results in 200 million lost days annually. The disease is common, debilitating, and the number one cause of disability worldwide. Employers lose an estimated $52 billion annually in loss of productivity and insurance payments.

In 2016, the EEOC resolved 5000 disability based claims dealing with mental health conditions costing employers approximately $20 million. With the increase in claims came a newly released EEOC Guidance on Mental Health Discrimination which is addressed to employees informing them of their employment rights under the ADA. Workplaces can and should play a significant role in minimizing their employees’ mental health risks. Employee stress levels continue to rise as more and more employees spend more and more hours at work without an increase in pay or benefits. Burnout and depression, particularly to millennials and millennial women are reported more than any other generation. Expert Dr. Susan Strauss will look into all these issues and help with what can be done in the workplace.

Session Highlights:

  • Differentiate mental health from mental illness

  • Discuss the most frequent mental health conditions with emphasis on depression, anxiety, and personality disorders

  • Identify the demographic groups most at risk for mental health issues

  • Examine the myths of mental illness

  • Differentiate between personality traits and personality disorders

  • List signs of possible mental health issues

  • Explore the costs of mental illness to U.S. businesses

  • Outline U.S. mental illness statistics

  • Define “current”, “past”, and “perceived” disabilities

  • Explain mental illness as an ADA protected disability

  • Minimize liability based on the American Disabilities Act

  • Describe the interactive process required by the ADA

  • Explore accommodations required by the ADA

  • Examine the role of the workplace to create a healthy environment

  • Combat negative stigma of mental illness in the workplace

  • Generate a workplace culture of well-being

  • Details about depression, anxiety, and a variety of personality disorders to help the participant have a better understanding about mental illness and the organization’s role in supporting their mentally ill employees

  • What is the ethical and legal responsibility of HR and mangers when dealing with those employees who may have a mental illness

  • What strategies should organizations design and implement to ensure their work culture is one of respect and dignity to all employees 

Why You Should Attend:

Mental illness is a covered disability under the ADA and the management must engage in an interactive process with their employees exhibiting the signs of mental illness. This webinar will help you create a stigma-free workplace that is centered on the well-being of its employees’ physical and mental health.

Who Should Attend:

  • Supervisors

  • Managers

  • HR

  • Risk Management

  • Any employee

  • All industries

Ask your question directly from our expert during the Q&A session following the live event.

Susan  Strauss

Susan Strauss

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse and her undergraduate degree is in psychology and human services. Her specialty areas include discrimination, harassment, and bullying; management/leadership development, and organization development. She is a registered nurse and has functioned as a psychiatric nurse. She works as an expert witness for discrimination lawsuits. Susan also trains and consults with business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Dr. Strauss has authored over 30 book chapters, books, and articles in professional journals. She has been featured on 20/20, CBS Evening News, and other television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles such as the Times of London, Lawyers Weekly, and Harvard Education Newsletter.

Susan has presented at international conferences in Botswana, Egypt, Thailand, Israel, Bali, Beirut and the U.S. She has consulted with professionals from other countries such as England, Australia, Canada, Beirut and St. Maartin, Israel, Bali, and Middle East. She has her doctorate in organizational leadership, is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development.

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