The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 8 of 10 workers with a mental illness condition report shame and stigma which prevents them from getting treatment. In 2017, 20.8% of SSDI beneficiaries had a mental illness (U.S. Social Security 2018 Annual Statistical Supplement). The following links are workplace resources to help employ and accommodate individuals with this disability.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): NIMH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. This link offers helpful and basic information on mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest developments on mental health research.
Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC): A Q&A Document developed by the EEOC titled Depression, PTSD, and Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights.
Federal Resources from SAMHSA – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
ODEP Funded Resources
EARN’s Mental Health Toolkit: Resources for Fostering a Mentally Healthy Workplace: This toolkit from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) provides background, tools and resources that can help employers learn more about mental health issues.
JAN Resources on Mental Health: A toolkit developed by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) to support employers on accommodation resources available on mental health impairments.
Boston University Repository of Employment & Vocational Recovery Resources: These online resources developed by the University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation provide targeted resources to support employers, potential and current workers, providers, and family members.
Family Guide to Employment: Resource titled “Let’s Talk Employment: A Family Guide to Employment”, published by Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, provides a narrative and 15 major topics of interest to explore related to employment.
Understanding PTSD – WorkforceGPS resource to help overcome misconceptions about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and to help promote promising partnering strategies with American Job Centers.
Mental Health Awareness Month 30 Second Training Series– Workforce GPS 30-Second Training on Mental Health is designed to increase awareness about mental health issues
Vehlow, Jon, 2019, May 6, Workplace Resources for Mental Health, Retrieved From: https://disability.workforcegps.org/resources/2017/12/10/01/33/Mental_Health_Workplace_Accommodations?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery