Mental Illness, ADAAA, and the Workplace: Taking Responsibility as an Employer

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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). 

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. 

These are your employees—What are your responsibilities as a manager or HR professional in recognizing and helping them? How can you ensure your organization’s climate is a safe and healthy place rather than a climate that might exacerbate poor mental health? Join expert Dr. Susan Strauss to look into all these issues and and help you create a safe and healthy workplace for your employees . 

Session Highlights: 

  • To differentiate mental health from mental illness 

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

  • To identify the demographic groups most at risk for mental health issues 

  • To examine the myths of mental illness 

  • To list signs of possible mental health issues 

  • To outline U.S. mental illness statistics 

  • To explain mental illness as an ADA protected disability 

  • To describe the interactive process required by the ADA 

  • To explore accommodations required by the ADA 

  • To examine the role of the workplace to create a healthy environment 

  • To combat negative stigma of mental illness in the workplace 

  • To generate a workplace culture of well-being 

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 Professionals (Generalists, Managers & Directors) 

  • HR Consultants 

  • Risk Management 

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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