Workplace Resources for Mental Health
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. 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. Today, mental illness is the cause for 16 percent of SSDI recipients and growing. The following links are workplace resources for employing and accommodating individuals with this disability.
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.
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 in one site with a goal to help people consider, choose, get, and keep employment.
National Institute of Mental Heath Resources (NIMH): NIMH is part of the U.S. Health and Humans 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.
Mental Health Awareness Month 30 Second Training Series: These 30-Second Trainings are designed to increase awareness and share knowledge surrounding mental health issues. Some examples of this five-part training series include information on Veterans and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, schizophrenia, and possible warning signs to observe in adolescents. These training tools can be shared with American Job Center staff to enhance their awareness about disabilities their customers may be experiencing.