Approximately 1 in 6 adults in the U. S. (44.7 million in 2016) lives with mental illness (NIMH, 2017). Serious mental illness can present a number of challenges that make it difficult to seek or maintain full-time employment. For individuals living with serious mental illness, employment is a fundamental part of recovery and helps to provide financial stability and independence. In fact, research indicates that employment is associated with a reduction in symptoms of mental illness and utilization of other services (Bazelon, 2014).
To learn more about supporting the positive outcomes associated with employment for individuals with serious mental illness, join SAMHSA’s Program to Achieve Wellness on June 20 from 1pm to 2pm ET for Supporting Individuals with Serious Mental Illness in the Workplace. On this webinar, you’ll have the opportunity to hear industry experts share relevant research, strategies, and tools related to workplace needs for individuals with serious mental illness. They’ll highlight not only the benefits for the employee, but the benefits allotted to employers who support mentally healthy workplaces. Employers benefit greatly from taking measures to support their employee's mental health. Challenges related to mental health can lead to loss of productivity, absenteeism, and increased health care costs. Creating a supportive workplace may also improve recruitment and retention of employees while increasing job satisfaction (Pronk, 2014).
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
Explain the challenges individuals with serious mental illness face in seeking and maintaining employment
Recognize the importance of employment to recovery for those with serious mental illness
Identify strategies to create a culture of well-being that supports and accommodates individuals with serious mental illness
This webinar will be hosted by; Darcy Gruttadaro, Director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation; Ewuria Darley, Associate Director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation; and Caroline Mattey Snyder, Research Analyst, Westat.
You won’t want to miss this interactive discussion with national experts!