Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace to Ensure ADA Compliance

Dr. Susan Strauss
From: Aug 29, 2022 - To: Dec 31, 2022
Recorded Webinar


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.


  • 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 about 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
  • To outline U.S. mental illness statistics
  • To define “current”, “past”, and “perceived” disabilities
  • To explain mental illness as an ADA protected disability
  • To minimize liability based on the American Disabilities Act
  • To describe the interactive process required by the ADA
  • To explore  accommodations required by the ADA
  • To examine the role of the workplace to create a healthy environment
  • To combat the negative stigma of mental illness in the workplace
  • To generate a workplace culture of well-being

Details about depression, anxiety, and a variety of personality disorders to help the participant have a better understanding of mental illness and the organization’s role in supporting their mentally ill employees

What is the ethical and legal responsibility of HR and managers when dealing with those employees who may have a mental illness

What strategies should organizations design and implement to ensure their work culture is one of respect and dignity to all employees?

Why Should You Attend:-

Employers are seeing more mental health issues in their workforce than ever before. 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 departments 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.

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's 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.

Who Should Attend:-

  • All Employees
  • Human Resource Managers / Administration
  • Risk Managers
  • Benefit Specialists
  • Supervisors
  • Business Owners
  • General Managers
  • Controllers/ CFOs / Financial Managers
  • Company owners
  • Presidents and CEO's
  • Human Resource Directors
  • Managers

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