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Mental Health Outreach Guide

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. For individuals with mental health issues, coping at work can be difficult. The stigma attached to these illnesses mean that employees are reluctant to disclose their diagnoses for fear of repercussions. Working, however, can be important to their health. It is important for employers and VR counselors to know how to create an environment conducive to good mental health – for all employees.

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans may experience some form of mental illness each year. For many of these individuals (and many without mental health conditions as well), work is key to their health, contributing to a sense of purpose and well-being.

U.S. Department of Labor

Mental Health Resources

Fostering Mental Health at Work

Learn how to foster a mental health-friendly work culture from this Department of Labor resource. Get dozens of links, divided by audience: employers, individuals, policymakers, and youth. The DOL Mental Health Awareness Month blog features additional information.

Campaign for Disability Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy has funded a new public education Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE). Centered on a video PSA titled “Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do?”, this campaign emphasizes that everyone within an organization has a role to play in promoting workplace wellbeing and supporting workers with mental health conditions.

Check out the campaign’s other materials, which include a “Perspectives on Workplace Wellbeing” documentary-style video; poster and Workplace Guide; and a PSA Outreach Toolkit with ready-to-publish news briefs, sample social media posts, promotional graphics and more.

Fostering a Mental Health-Friendly Environment

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans may experience some form of mental illness each year. For many of these individuals (and many without mental health conditions as well), work is key to their health, contributing to a sense of purpose and well-being. Learn more about how to foster a mental health-friendly work culture.

Mental Health Toolkit

Since one in five American adults will experience a mental health diagnosis in any given year, many employers are beginning to consider strategies they can use to address these challenges. This toolkit provides a wealth of information and strategies to help support employee mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Month

This year’s National Alliance on Mental Health awareness campaign theme is “Together for Mental Health.” NAMI’s website shares tools and resources to help spread the word. Explore this Mental Health awareness campaign site featuring graphics, social tags, an awareness event guide, and avenues for advocacy.

Back to Basics Awareness Campaign

Since 1949, Mental Health America has observed Mental Health Month by raising awareness for millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings. They encourage organizations to spread the word that mental health is something everyone should care about. They have created a toolkit featuring materials for conducting mental health awareness activities.

Protecting Youth Mental Health

The Surgeon General recently released an advisory report,  "Protecting Young People's Mental Health" in which the devastating impacts of the pandemic and the alarming increases in mental health needs of young people are outlined.

Mental Health Awareness Month: Resources Available to You

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the DHS has provided links to many support resources available to the public. The Department of Homeland Security site provides strategies to deal with life’s challenges, and provides information about recovery.

Fact Sheet & Mental Health Parity

The Department of Health and Human Services website provides facts about current mental health advocacy efforts and information about efforts toward mental health parity.

On-Demand Training

Workplace Mental Health After COVID-19

As we head into a new phase of the pandemic, the focus is shifting from the physical aspects to the mental health repercussions of COVID-19.  VR counselors and employers need to be able to help employees cope with the aftereffects. Employees are dealing with the stress and trauma of COVID and the reality of merging back into the office or working remotely permanently.

Fortunately, there are many resources available to address COVID-19 Mental Health aftereffects that you can share with employers, use to address jobseeker concerns, and even apply to yourself.

Mental Health and American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation: Dual Diagnosis and De-Escalation

The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Programs throughout the United States are located in very rural areas on government lands known as reservations. AIVRS programs are facing unprecedented numbers of mental health caseloads.

Learn more about issues that vocational rehabilitation programs must overcome when providing services to American Indians/Alaskan Natives with disabilities who are attempting to reach their employment goals.

Mental Health Outreach Guide: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

According to Mental Health America, Asian Americans are the least likely of any group to seek mental health service. Understanding why and becoming familiar with the growing resources available to support the mental health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders enables vocational rehabilitation professionals to provide needed supports and remove or reduce barriers to employment.  

Return to Work After COVID-19

Join JAN’s Cognitive/Neurological Team consultants Melanie Whetzel and James Potts for a discussion about returning to work during the pandemic. We will consider the pressing issues of anxiety, fear, and safety, telework and other accommodations, the cognitive side effects of recovering from COVID-19, and more. This recording captured a live question-and-answer session including examples to prompt thinking about the topics and generate questions.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health Accommodations

May is National Mental Health Month. Join consultants Melanie and James as they discuss challenging accommodation scenarios in the workplace when employees with mental health conditions need assistance. Discover creative and effective modifications employers can provide to help maintain productive employees with diverse needs.

Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Importance of an Individualized Approach

Date & Place: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 1:00 PM Central | Online
Cost:  Free to attend. Registration is required.

Most people can’t afford to stop working because of a mental health issue. In fact, employment can actually help people with mental health conditions to recover. It’s important to foster a supportive workplace. Research tells us that mentally supported employees are more productive, have fewer absences, stay at their jobs longer, and report higher job satisfaction overall. Supporting Employee Mental Health Webinar.

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