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

11:00 PM ET | 08:00 AM PT | 10:00 PM CT Duration 90 Minutes

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Physical and Mental Health

Description

Mental illness is a largely misunderstood disease that carries much stigma in society and in the workplace.  70% of people with depression are employed, many do not seek treatment and when they do—medication is able to help only about 66% of those who are depressed.  Approximately 20% of the population has any one of a number of personality disorders—those who do are often difficult to manage.  Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses with some research suggesting it is the most common U.S. mental health problem; other research indicates depression is the number one disability.  Mental illness is a covered disability under the ADAAA and therefore is subject to the law of the ADAAA including the requirement to engage in an interactive process.  Managers and HR professionals often walk a delicate line in dealing with employees who may have a mental illness or exhibit signs and symptoms that give pause in considering if an employee needs to be referred for outside assistance such as EAP.  But how does one refer a troubled employee without violating the ADA?  What steps should an organization take to create a stigma-free workplace that is centered on the well-being of its employees’ physical and mental health? These issues will be discussed in this webinar.

Areas Covered

•        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 ADA required accommodations 
•        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

Who will Benefit

•        Managers
•        HR
•        Risk Management
•        Any employee
•        All industries

Industries who can attend

This 90-minute online course is intended for professionals in the All industries and companies because conflict resolution is a key management skill for every manager and every company


Speaker Profile

Dr Susan Strauss

Susan Strauss Ed.D. is an international speaker, trainer, consultant and recognized expert on harassment. She also conducts harassment and workplace bullying investigations and functions as a consultant to attorneys as well as an expert witness in harassment lawsuits. Her clients are from education, business, healthcare, law and government organizations from both the public and private sector. Dr. Strauss authored the book, Sexual Harassment and Teens: A Program for Positive Change, and co-authored, Girls and Boys Getting AlongTeaching Sexual Harassment in the Elementary Classroom, as well as book chapters and articles in professional journals regarding sexual harassment. She has been featured on The Donahue Show, CBS Evening News and other television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles such as Harvard Education Newsletter, Lawyers Weekly and Times of London. 

Dr. Strauss is the recipient of the Excellence in Educational Equity Award from the Minnesota Department of Education for her work in sexual harassment in education. Susan has spoken about sexual harassment in education at international conferences in Botswana, Egypt, Thailand and the U.S. She consulted with the Israeli Ministry of Education, as well as with educators from Israel, England, Australia, St. Maarten and Canada. She traveled to Poland and conducted research on sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Polish workplaces with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor's degree in psychology and counseling, a master's degree in public health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment arena since 1985.

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