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Mental Health and the Disability Mindset: How Employers Can Help Prevent the Spiral

Mental Health and the Disability MindsetBy Daniel Jolivet, PhD

Behavioral Health Director
The Standard

If you looked online on Oct. 10, 2017, you would have seen a flood of tweets, blog posts, and news articles about World Mental Health Day. These candid posts, written by individuals who have experienced and often overcome a behavioral health condition, showcased how people with a mental illness see themselves.

A common theme among the posts was that people with behavioral health conditions — including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or substance abuse issues — frequently struggle with feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness. What’s more, these individuals noted how they often suffer through their conditions in silence because they fear how others will label them.

While our culture has made great strides in recent years to become more accepting of people with behavioral health conditions, these individuals often face a huge challenge: rejoining or remaining in the workforce.

The Disability Mindset

One of the biggest issues for these individuals is how employers approach or support an employee experiencing a mental illness, especially someone using a disability leave for their condition.

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