2 Hour Virtual Seminar - Workplace Mental Health Challenges & the ADAAA

Course Description:

Employers are seeing more mental health issues in their workforce than ever before. COVID has enhanced mental health concerns even more. Each year 1 in 5 adults is stricken with a mental illness (National Institute of Mental health), making mental illness an everyday reality for many of your employees. Yet, only 1 in 3 people seek help with their illness. The ADA, HIPPA, FMLA, and most states’ human/civil rights department dictate how employers deal with employees’ with mental health problems. Privacy laws create challenges for employers to determine how serious a situation is and whether an employee poses a danger (though those with a mental illness pose no more risk of violence than those without a mental illness).

Examples of the most common psychological disorders include major depression and dysthymia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and an array of personality disorders. Those individuals with depression have 2.5 times the risk of on-the-job injury. Workplace depression results in 200 million lost days annually. The disease is common, debilitating, and the number one cause of disability worldwide. Employers lose an estimated $52 billion annually in loss of productivity and insurance payments.

Why should you attend?

In 2016, the EEOC resolved 5000 disability-based claims dealing with mental health conditions costing employers approximately $20 million. With the increase in claims came an EEOC newly released Guidance on Mental Health Discrimination which is addressed to employees informing them of their employment rights under the ADA.

Workplaces can and should play a significant role in minimizing their employees’ mental health risks. Employee stress levels continue to rise as more and more employees spend more and more hours at work without an increase in pay or benefits. Burnout and depression, particularly among millennials and millennial women are reported more than in any other generation.

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Areas Covered in the Session:

  • 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 differentiate between personality traits and personality disorders
  • To list signs of possible mental health issues
  • To explore the costs of mental illness to U.S. businesses

Who Will Benefit:

  • Managers
  • Supervisor
  • HR
  • Risk management
  • OSHA professionals
  • Occupational health nurse

Our Speaker

Dr. Susan Strauss

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. Her specialty areas include management/leadership development, organization development, communication, and harassment and bullying. She is an expert witness for discrimination and harassment lawsuits. She trains and consults with business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Dr. Strauss has authored over 30 book chapters, books, and articles in professional journals. She has been featured on 20/20, CBS Evening News, and other television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.

She has her doctorate in organizational leadership, is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development.

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