IN Washington: Mental Health Awareness Discussion

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Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability worldwide.  For many people the effects of COVID-19 are triggering new mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones.  Prior to 2020, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. reported having a mental health condition. Current research shows the figure may be 2 in 5, or perhaps higher.  Even with numbers this high, the stigma remains, a misunderstanding around mental health conditions, particularly in the workplace.

This May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, Disability:IN Washington is hosting a discussion with professionals in our community to their share stories, give advice on how to provide support, and talk about some of ways you can combat the negative attitudes, misconceptions, prejudices and discriminations around mental health in our work environment. The session will address mental health on an individual/personal level, as well as what you can do at the team level, and how to drive a culture of inclusion and psychological safety on your team.

Session Objectives:

  • Hear from our panelists about how their lived experiences with Mental Health have empowered them to self-advocate for themselves and use benefits and resources at their organization.
  • Learn best practices related to addressing mental wellness in the workplace in order to support your employees and improve workforce productivity, specifically around social anxiety of returning to work.
  • Explore strategies for creating safe spaces for employees to talk, learn and initiate change.
  • A question-and-answer session will be included at the end.

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