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Free Teleconference Training

Promoting Acceptance and Social Inclusion for People with Mental Health Problems in the Workplace

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health invites you to register now for a free teleconference training titled, "Promoting Acceptance and Social Inclusion for People with Mental Health Problems in the Workplace."

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)

To register for this training teleconference, please click here for the registration page.

Please pass this invitation along to interested friends and colleagues.

Training Summary

The workforce includes many individuals with mental health problems who, like other employees, contribute greatly to the success of the organizations that employ them.  However, unlike their colleagues, people with mental health conditions may experience misunderstanding, social exclusion, and discrimination by employers or other employees due to prejudicial beliefs and attitudes about people with mental illnesses in the workplace.

Some of these misperceptions include beliefs that people with mental health problems cannot handle work-related stress, are unreliable, and need special attention.  The fact is that work is often the best platform for recovery and most individuals benefit greatly from purposeful, meaningful activity that is socially valued and respected. Economic security and self-sufficiency also increase with stable and fulfilling employment. And, in addition to providing a living, work gives people a sense of belonging and community that provides the opportunity to create a network of friends and colleagues.

There are benefits to employers and employees when a business decides to promote a mentally healthy workplace.  A mentally healthy workplace can positively affect productivity, cost-containment of health care, and employee retention.  When employers value practices and policies that promote the mental health and well-being of their employees, perceptions and attitudes about mental illnesses improve and acceptance of these issues in the workplace increases.  Some of the factors involved in a mentally healthy workplace include an atmosphere that welcomes diversity; health care that treats mental illnesses with the same urgency as physical illnesses; programs and/or practices that promote and support employee health-wellness and/or work-life balance; and training for managers and supervisors in mental health workplace issues.

Send in Your Questions

We invite you to send in your questions related to addressing the challenges of medical providers in treating persons with mental health issues in advance of the teleconference. speakers will answer as many questions as possible during the teleconference. please send your questions by e-mail to

Please note that sending a question does not guarantee its inclusion in the teleconference. We will provide the speakers' contact information so that you may pursue your answer after the call. If you provide your name and organization at the time you ask your question, we may use it during the call. Anonymous questions also can be submitted.

Training Sponsor

This teleconference is sponsored by SAMHSA's Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center), a project of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The session is free to all participants.