2019 Virtual Education Forum Webinar: Examining Mental Health in the Workplace

DMECVirtual Education Forum, Webinars

Tuesday, May 21

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

Mental health is a universal asset, but one of significant importance for workers and organizations. The mental well-being of a company’s workforce can make or break performance, production, and profitability. Communicating what resources and support are available can make the difference with engagement and utilization. By being proactive in encouraging employees to maintain good mental health, employers can minimize problems like absenteeism and presenteeism in their workforce.

To better understand the state of mental health in the workplace, Unum conducted online research with 1,850 U.S. employed adults, of which 500 working adults self-identified with a diagnosed mental health issue. In partnership with DMEC, additional research was conducted among 268 human resources professionals. This session will break down the results of these findings, and give practical tips to improve your approach to mental health in the workplace.

This webinar will be 90 minutes to accommodate additional Q&A.

Webinars are free for DMEC members. To receive free pricing, log in to your DMEC account prior to registering.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the prevalence of mental health issues in today’s workforce.
  • Identify gaps in perception between employees and HR professionals, and determine how to address them.
  • Explore best practices for mental health leaves and corresponding return-to-work strategies.


David Goldsmith Ph.D.
Medical Consultant

David Goldsmith received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Texas where he completed a research study on psychological aspects of chronic pain. Prior to transitioning into a medical consultant role with Unum where he evaluates behavioral health disability claims, Dr. Goldsmith maintained a private practice specializing in the assessment and management of mood disorders, chronic pain conditions, and psychologically-mediated health conditions. He also served as chief psychologist at Ridgeview Pain Management Center in Chattanooga. 

Michelle Jackson, MSW
Assistant Vice President

Michelle Jackson has a passion for helping people overcome challenges. After obtaining her bachelors degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work, she initially practiced clinical social work in Virginia. She specialized in adult issues, specifically the treatment of addiction and the impaired professional. Her 20 year career with Unum has utilized her background as a clinical reviewer and clinical vocational director, and made her responsible for clinical strategy and return to work. She transitioned to working with large employers as a national client manager working closely with employers on plan design, absence management, and workforce strategies. Most recently, Michelle managed the workforce solution group which focuses on absence management strategies, and coordination of wellness, disease management, and ancillary services to increase utilization and engagement.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify CEU credit.

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Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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