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Best Practices for Accommodating Mental Health Related Disabilities in the Workplace

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Mental health-related disabilities are often invisible and present a challenge for employers responsible for providing accommodations in the workplace. Similarly, accommodations for these disabilities are not often as concrete as an ergonomic chair or other physical adaptation.

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Moreover, many employers struggle to understand how to provide accommodations in a remote, dispersed, or disrupted work environment, like that of most organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. By following and adapting best practices, employers can overcome these challenges and ensure their employees remain engaged and productive during disruption.

Learning Outcomes

List and describe key benefits of accommodating employees with mental health-related disabilities
Identify common areas of accommodation required for employees with mental health related disabilities
Apply knowledge of accommodation best-practices to situational examples or case studies
Learn how accommodation practices can be modified to suit remoted or dispersed work spaces

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Lucette Wesley
Lucette is a CMHA Master Trainer in various workplace Mental Health programs and the Psychological Health and Safety Advisor program. She understands the impact presenteeism, absenteeism, and disability has on an organization and the challenges Managers face in addressing these, particularly in the area of workplace mental health. Lucette has over 25 years of experience as Manager/Director of large disability claims operations responsible for up to 200 staff. Her expertise in disability management, her personal lived experience and her broad understanding of related fields is the foundation for providing support and innovation in psychological health and safety in workplaces.. She was selected as one of the top 50 Women of Influence in the Canadian Insurance Industry by The Insurance and Investment Journal in 2014. Lucette has been a long-time supporter of the CMHA as a Steering Committees member for the Bottom Line Conference and Women & Wellness events. She is Past President of the BC Collaborative for Disability Prevention and the BC Lymphedema Association where she previously was an Editorial Board member for the national magazine Pathways. Lucette has actively promoted and supported mental health initiatives in past workplaces and the external community.

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