Workplace Resources for Mental Health
Based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the national unemployment rate for individuals receiving public mental health services is approximately 80 percent. It is reported that up to 70% of the 7.1 million people receiving public health services nationwide want to work. Today, mental illness is the cause for 16% of SSDI recipients and growing as a percentage.
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.
SHRM Resource Article on Mental Health Accommodations: Article from Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) titled, "Accommodations for Mental Health Conditions Require Discretion, Flexibility" provides an overview of creative strategic solutions surrounding possible accommodations, confidentiality, handling medical information, and respecting employee privacy.
SHRM Resource Article on Mental Health ‘Soft Costs’: Article from Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) titled, “Soft Costs Can Help Manage Employees with Mental Disabilities” provides an overview of how taking simple “soft costs” steps by employers can increase productivity within the workplace.
Family Guide to Employment: Link to resource titled “Let’s Talk Employment: A Family Guide to Employment” published by Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation provides a narrative and links on 15 major topics related to employment. Families can be extremely helpful in promoting successful employment, and this Guide is an effort to support families and job seekers in their quest for employment.