Mental Illness Advocacy in the Workplace

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Mental Illness Advocacy in the Workplace


Kayla Gertsema

Unjust job termination, ill-informed managerial advice, unrealistic workplace expectations: these are all contributing factors to the estimated cost of lost productivity in the US workplace due to mental illness—yielding a pricetag of nearly $1 trillion. In this panel, we uncover legal rights through workplace policy, strategies for long-term behavioral wellness in a dynamic team setting, how to thrive when mental illness creates challenge, and define means to retain top talent for greater career sustainability. Our panel combines the expertise of people that live it: corporate mental health champions, a licensed psychiatrist, and an attorney specializing in Employment Law.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Film Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Track: Workplace
Level: Beginner