Accommodating Employees with Mental Illness

Posted by randee chafkin - On October 07, 2010 (EST)

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 3-9. National Depression Screening Day is October 7. World Mental Health Day is October 19

Nearly 1 in 10 Americans has clinical depression and 3% have major depression, according to a 2006-2008 survey of 235,000 adults from 45 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. The survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showed an increase from a similar study conducted in 2001-2002, which reported 6.6% of the population as depressed.

Researchers looked for commonalities among the people who reported symptoms of depression and identified a few factors that may have a relationship to the mood disorder. Primary among them was unemployment, which remains steady at 9.7%; about 6% of those with jobs reported symptoms of depression, compared with 21% of unemployed people surveyed.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has produced a Brief on Accommodations for Employees with Mental Health Impairments."

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