Brochures, Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits
Employer Tutorial Chapter 4: Strategies
The Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute offers this online employer tutorial with methods for understanding non-obvious disabilities in the workplace. It describes strategies for building a culture of trust to encourage accommodation requests and emphasizes the need for building awareness in recognizing the impact that negative misperceptions can have on people with mental disorders.
Opening Doors to All Candidates: Tips for Ensuring Access for Applicants with Disabilities
This fact sheet provided by the Office of Disability Employment Policy lists tips for employers working with individuals with disabilities. It describes specific do's and don'ts for important workplace issues like communication and accommodation and provides a brief list of resources for employers to reference for additional assistance and guidance.
Fostering Workplace Inclusion
This workplace inclusion guide from the AskEARN Web site offers detailed recommendations for employers, human resources staff, and supervisors in creating a work environment that is fair and accommodates individuals with disabilities. This guide includes information on training options, ways of getting feedback from staff, and strategies for enhancing policies to create a work environment that supports all employees, including those who have disabilities, in working to their full potential.
Strategic advantage of diversity
This Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) fact sheet outlines some key benefits of diversity within the workplace. It focuses on one's disability as adding to a diverse work environment and the benefits of workplace inclusion, which include job satisfaction and loyalty to a company. The brief 1-minute video included on this page also highlights benefits of diversity in the workplace.
Mental health works
This DVD and online resource serves as a tool for providers and employers, outlining practical techniques and responsibilities for both people who have mental disorders and their employers. This resource addresses many of the negative and harmful attitudes and beliefs related to mental health issues. Support for employers, methods of recruiting and keeping staff, and some of the myths and realities of mental health are also explored.
Overcoming stigma ~ Your Life Matters: Chesapeake Energy's success story
In this Webinar, the Chesapeake Energy Corporation's efforts to counter the negative and harmful attitudes and beliefs associated with mental disorders through their "Your Life Matters" campaign are discussed. Through their work with community leaders and understanding of a need to enhance their Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Chesapeake Energy has been successful in educating employees about mental health-related issues and has dramatically increased use of their EAP.
Employer case examples
This resource provided through the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health is a place where employers can come to learn from one another about practical ways of advancing mental health in the workplace. Through this Web page, individuals can view employer profiles where employers share information on their companies, including total number of employees, region, a description of the mental health challenges needing to be addressed, and ways they have worked to resolve these challenges. Visitors to this Web page can also share stories of what their company is doing to advance mental health.
Mental health works: Maine State government participates in depression screening and work-focused intervention
Mental Health Works is a quarterly publication produced by the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Association. This issue focuses on Maine's use of depression screening and work-focused intervention to improve the mental health of its employees. These employees have benefited from their State government's participation in the Work and Health Initiative care program pilot study, which includes different supports like work-focused counseling. In addition to Maine's recent efforts, this issue explores the efforts of others, like the Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City, in engaging employees and providing resources for them to address mental disorders. This issue also examines the exclusion of mental health treatment from employers' health insurance coverage.
Mental health works: A host of employer resources at your fingertips
This Partnership for Workplace Mental Health quarterly issue of Mental Health Works provides resources for employers. This issue explores bullying in the workplace, stress in America, developing a foundation for workforce resiliency, and managing the risks of violence in the workplace. Current data on these specific topics are charted throughout this booklet, and detailed recommendations for employers are provided.
Mental health matters: BestNow! and consumer employment
In this episode of Mental Health Matters, the program coordinator and a program graduate describe the BestNow! program. This program trains peer specialists to become more active and productive in their communities, to expand on their current skills, and to encourage participants in their own vocational development.
Sick on the job? Myths and realities about mental health and work
This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) fact sheet presents data relevant to many of the misconceptions about mental health and employment. Productivity within the workplace as well as the role of quality treatment on improving employment outcomes is discussed. This OECD fact sheet also provides a list of ways that policy can help create a more inclusive job market for people with mental health problems.
We can work: The employment tool for people with psychiatric disabilities in New York State
The We Can Work campaign seeks to empower people with mental disorders to successfully explore and secure meaningful employment through shared success stories and by providing resources. This tool provided by the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services helps to address the disproportionate rates of unemployment and low income among individuals with mental disorders. It includes a number of fact sheets from the peer perspective about where to begin the process of returning to the workforce, work incentives, employment resources, information on disclosure and reasonable accommodations, and tips on identifying peer support for employment.
Essential tools: Improving secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities
This guide provides information for educators, community agencies, families, and workforce development specialists working to develop an environment that improves and enhances school and post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities. The guide explains an approach called community resource mapping and discusses how this approach can be used to foster interagency collaboration with the goal of ensuring that all youth have access to a broad, comprehensive, and integrated system of services.
Accommodation Information by Disability: A to Z
This information page from the Job Accomodation Network (JAN) website is made up of links which provide general information on various conditions and some possible accomodations employers could provide for individuals with these conditions. Resource organizations to assist in providing proper accomodations are also available through this page.
Are You in Recovery From Alcohol or Drug Problems?: Know your Rights
This brochure was developed to help individuals in recovery from substance use problems know their rights under federal laws, understand the legal consequences of substance use-related conduct, and to learn what to do to overcome barriers. Specific topics addressed include information on discrimination laws as they relates to housing, employment/job training, education, past convictions for substance offenses, and government services/programs. This document also provides contact information for Federal agencies that accept complaints of disability-based discrimination.
TBI, PTSD & Employment: An Online Training Tool for Employers, Supervisors & Hiring Managers
The purpose of this training tool is to educate human resource professionals and employers about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The training explains how these injuries may impact employment, and the significant role that employment can play in the recovery of wounded military service members. This training includes clinical information about TBI and PTSD and links to additional resources.
Social Determinants of Health: The Solid Facts (2nd Edition)
This publication discusses research that explores determinants of health standards in modern society and highlights key components of this research in the context of public policy. The publication explains how psychological and social factors influence health and longevity. It focuses on 10 main topics including the importance of health determinants in childhood, and the effects of working conditions, social support, and unemployment.
Shift's line managers' resource
This web-based guide, designed by Shift, offers a variety of resources about managing and supporting personnel with behavioral health problems. The guide includes a series of short videos, case studies, and other materials for employers, employees, and job seekers.
Consumers in the mental health workforce: A handbook for providers
Employing consumers in the behavioral health field is important both to the recovery of the consumers and to the credibility of the providers. This handbook for providers includes tips and strategies for hiring and retaining consumer employees.
Workplaces that thrive: A resource for creating mental health friendly work environments
This toolkit developed by SAMHSA contains information and tools for human resource personnel and managers to use in developing a mental health friendly workplace.
A mental health friendly workplace: It's in every company's best interest
This booklet developed by SAMHSA invites business leaders to take a serious look at the role of their employees' mental health and how it relates to both their well-being and the bottom line.
Disclosing your disability to an employer
This fact sheet discusses the disclosure of ones' disability to an employer. Provides information on how to prepare to disclose ones' disablity to an employer, and also when is the best time to disclose your illness.
A mentally healthy workforce: It's good for business
This booklet provides assistance to employers and companies who are interested in changing the workplace from a mentally unhealthy environment to a healthy one.
Evidence-based practices: Shaping mental health services toward recovery: Supported employment
This supported employment toolkit was produced by the Implementing Evidence-Based Practices Project as part of an effort to promote treatment practices in community mental health service settings that are known to be effective in supporting the recovery of adults with severe mental illnesses. The goal is to improve the lives of consumers by increasing the availability of effective mental health services.
Work as a priority: A resource for employing people who have serious mental illnesses and are homeless
This guidebook is intended to provide both a conceptual and practical foundation to increase employment among people who are homeless and who also have serious mental illnesses.
Mental health in the workplace
This booklet considers the effects of stress at work and the factors that can contribute to stress. It addresses the ways in which employers can help to create a psychologically healthy work environment. It also looks at the recruitment and retention of those experiencing mental health problems and provides a list of useful contacts.
Filing an ADA employment discrimination charge: 'Making it work for you'
This guidebook provides information about how the ADA employment discrimination administrative charge process works and what has happened when individuals with psychiatric disabilities have filed administrative claims of employment discrimination. It explains, through discussion and examples, when, where, and how to file a charge.
Employment scenarios: What would you do?
This Web page outlines three examples of mental health issues in the workplace, and provides appropriate responses about how to address them. It also provides links to appropriate resources.
How-to tips for employers
This online brochure provides information on developing accommodations for people with mental illnesses, the guidelines for providing feedback, and requesting documentation.
Steps to employment: A workbook for people who have experienced mental health problems
This workbook was designed to help people who have experienced mental health problems to become job-ready. It explains the job search process and provides information to help reduce anxiety associated with employment.
Accommodation and compliance series: Employees with psychiatric impairments
JAN's Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine
effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA). Each publication in the series addresses a specific medical condition and
provides information about the condition, ADA information, accommodation ideas, and
resources for additional information.
Mental illness is not a full-time job
A brief fact sheet discussing equal protection under the law. It also provides guidelines and resources for further information.
Working Minds toolkit: A practical resource to promote good workplace practice on mental health
This guide, developed for the Mind Out for Mental Health campaign in England, may help employers in addressing the issue of mental health in the workplace. The kit contains useful material for anyone interested in addressing
mental health issues in their workplace.
Employment issues for people with mental illness
Brief article discussing how individuals involved with "One-Stop" programs can assist their customers in finding and maintaining employment.
Americans with Disabilities Act: A guide for people with disabilities seeking employment
This brochure provides a guide for individuals with mental illnesses, specifically answering questions about employment rights under the ADA.